When Benjamin Franklin died he left the city of Boston $4000 in a trust to earn interest for 200 years. By 1990 the trust was worth over $5 million and was used to help establish a trade school that became the Franklin Institute of Boston.
There are no law schools in Alaska. It is the only state without a law school.
The reason students have summer off is because, in the 1800s, it was simply too hot to go to school, so students just didn’t show up anyway. Lawmakers eventually saw the sense in this and fought for a school-free summer for students.
Astronomer Harlow Shapley, confused about what to study, decided to take the first class listed in university’s catalog. Unable to pronounce “archaeology,” he skipped to the next listing “astronomy.” He went on to become one of the famous 20th century astronomers.
America now houses roughly the same number people with criminal records as it does four-year college graduates.
The only person to ever create 3 companies to go public on the New York stock exchange was a trucker who only got into it because his family could not afford to send him to college. He ended up creating the entire shipping container industry, as well as the ships that carry them.
In 2002 (14 year old school drop out) William Kamkwamba built a solar powered water pump that, for the 1st time ever, supplied drinkable water to his village. Unable to afford school tuition, he taught himself to do this by reading library books.
Because David Letterman was a C student at Ball State, he now funds a creative telecommunications scholarship that does not take grades into account.
The Medical Students’ Disease is a diagnosis common among medical students who think they have the diseases that they’re studying.
Even though Calculus is often taught starting only at the college level, mathematicians have shown that it can be taught to kids as young as 5, suggesting that it should be taught not just to those who pursue higher education, but rather to literally everyone in society.