Just saw this comic and couldn't resist posting it. I've argued before that grades aren't nearly as meaningful as we think they are, but that argument can be made from two perspectives. That Einstein got terrible grades and was a huge success means that grades aren't perfectly predictive of success, but it can also be used to excuse all sorts of behaviors -- as Calvin does in this strip.
Einstein didn't get bad grades at school. That's just a misconceived idea that has been spread by wishful thinking. He was a gifted kid.
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