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.
A Harvard Researcher found rolling a pair of dice was as predictive of your future income as your college GPA is.
Marian Morgan believed that dance could be used to enhance the instruction of just about any subject. And back in 1916, she toured the country with her six dancers, demonstrating how dance-enhanced education would work. The basic theory was that students would pay more attention if young female dancers performed at the front of the classroom as the lecturer talked.
In the mid 1800’s millions of American children learned in school that one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness, madness or death. And there was the possibility too, the children were told, of spontaneous combustion; just one drink of alcohol might cause their bodies to go up in flames.