- “My teacher told me I’m not good at anything. She told me I’m mentally slow, unsociable, don’t have any talent, and won’t be successful in anything because I’m adrift forever in my foolish dreams.” ~Albert Einstein, who is practically synonymous with “genius”, widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century, and recipient of a Novel Prize for physics.
- “I was considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel myself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.” He was regularly punished in school for failure or lack of effort, sometimes failing the same class numerous times. ~Winston Churchill, who is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in all of history, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II, journalist, author, politician, and recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature.
- “I was always recognized as the slow one in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My writing was without originality, and I was an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.” ~Agatha Christy, the great mystery writer who has sold over one billion books, which is more copies than anyone other than William Shakespeare.
- “I was never able to get along at school. I was always at the foot of the class.” His mother pulled him out of school and taught him at home. He gave his mother’s homeschooling credit for his success in later life and said, “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had someone to live for, someone whom I must not disappoint.” ~Thomas Edison, who is known as the most prolific inventor of all time, holding a record of 1093 patents.
As a mother who can be near tears when my student can’t recall a simple math fact or spells a word so bad it’s almost incomprehensible, these funny little facts about our history makers help me take a deep breath and remember today is not the end. I post this in hopes of bringing us moms a bit of hope through perspective at the beginning of a new school year.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Quotes found originally in the ebook “Simplify Your Homeschool Day” by Tamara L. Chilver