A father of five worked 23 years as a custodian for Boston College so all of his children could attend the university for free. They all graduated and together saved nearly $700,000 in tuition.
A kid that made a bet with his parents that if he turned 18 and was a millionaire, they wouldn’t force him to go to college. He first invested in Bitcoin at the age of 12 and now holds investments worth over $1 million. He says he won’t be attending college.
A teacher in South Carolina started a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ for more than 60 at-risk children to teach them important life lessons and social skills and support them so that they would grow up to become successful adults. He even provides donated jackets and ties to students who cannot afford them.
In Oklahoma, it can take a teacher, with a degree, 11 years to reach QuikTrip’s starting salary for full-time employees with just a high school diploma.
Trevor Richards, a 16-year-old South African immigrant, got suspended from his Omaha, Nebraska school when he nominated himself for a “Distinguished African-American Student of the Year” prize. He was the only pupil in this school to have ever lived in Africa.
PhD students are 2.5 times more likely to develop psychiatric disorders than highly educated general population.
Housing a prisoner in California costs $75,560. That’s more than a year at Harvard.
A Chinese farmer studied law for 16 years’ to defeat a corporation dumping hazardous chemical waste near his land.
In 1961, Fidel Castro closed Cuban schools for a whole year and formed teachers into a “literacy army” with the goal to eradicate illiteracy. By the end of the year, 707,212 previously illiterate people had learned how to read.
In 2004, a NYU student spent 8 months living in the college library due to being unable to afford tuition and room & board despite a $15000/yr scholarship and working 30 hours a week. Upon learning about this, the university gave him free accommodation through the summer.