Homeless girl named Khadijah Williams went to Harvard. She attended 12 schools in 12 years; lived out of garbage bags among pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers. She was accepted to more than 20 universities before choosing Harvard.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012 there were 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees — a number exceeding that of uniformed personnel in the U.S. Army.
The average high school student today has the same stress level as the average psychiatric patient did in the 1950s.
Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy’s, realized his success as a high school dropout might convince teenagers to quit school – so in 1993 he went back to school and got his GED.
Catholic schools in United States teach evolution as a part of their science curriculum.
75% of crimes in the U.S. are committed by high school dropouts.
MIT students must pass a swim test to graduate. The director of phys ed said swimming is “…a self-survival skill. Research shows that most drownings occur in families where parents don’t know how to swim.” The test requires you to swim 100 yards. It used to be 200 yards, the width of the Charles River, but then someone realized if you fell in the river, you’d only have to swim at most half the width.
An Orthodox Jewish school in NJ, which forbids its students from using the internet, received a $700k federal grant for classroom computers. A total of five computers were found on campus. In a school of 1,025 students.
Research shows that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more than those taking notes by typing.
Conan O’Brien has majored in history and literature, graduated with a magna cum laude from Harvard University, and wrote his senior thesis on the use of children as symbols in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.