I’d never heard this story about Ansel Adams – apparently he was a little like Einstein when it came to attending school – expelled more than once, and eager to focus but not on the business of the classroom.  Here he is quoted in a recent Writer’s Almanac:

“Each day was a severe test for me, sitting in a dreadful classroom while the sun and fog played outside. Most of the information received meant absolutely nothing to me. […] Education without either meaning or excitement is impossible. I longed for the outdoors, leaving only a small part of my conscious self to pay attention to schoolwork.”