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.
There is a real life “Van Wilder” who attended his university for 16 years and did not graduate despite having enough credits completed for 9 majors and 5 minors.
Jacob Barnett is a child prodigy from Indiana who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. At only the age of 3, he explained why the moons around Mars are not round. Jacob Barnett is good at physics and has been able to do so since a young age, having completed all high school math by the age of 10, working on his Master’s in quantum physics by the age of 13, and being accepted into Canada’s Perimeter Institute For Theoretical Physics by the age of 15. Here he is giving a TED Talk at the age of 14, telling the audience they should “stop learning and start thinking.”
A nine year old orphaned child from Rwanda living in a garbage dump told a charity worker “I want to go to school.” He is now 22, and attending Harvard.
Wal-Mart Heiress Paige Laurie paid someone to do all her homework at USC, and had to return her degree after she had already graduated.
Robert Peace, a ‘black guy from the hood’ ended up graduating from Yale with honors in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, moving back to his ‘hood’ and teaching biology at his old highschool, engineering his own strain of Marijuana and getting killed over a drug deal.
A Texas high school honor student was thrown in jail for missing classes, despite the fact that she was working full- and part-time jobs, taking advanced courses, and caring for her younger sister as her divorced parents moved away. The judge said he wanted to make an example of her.