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.
The Hippocratic Oath calls for doctors to teach the offspring of their teachers the art of medicine, free of charge.
In 2010 George Lucas said “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race.” Two years later, Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for 4.05 billion dollars and donated the proceeds to a charity that focuses on education.
An identity thief stole the identity of a surgeon and while aboard a Navy destroyer was tasked with performing several life saving surgeries. He proceeded to memorize a medical textbook just before hand and all the patients survived.
Google has found GPA’s and test scores to be “worthless as a criteria for hiring”; they have teams where 14% of their employees haven’t gone to college.
For over a decade teachers and principals in Atlanta erased wrong answers and filled in the right ones in students’ tests. At one school, the faculty held weekend pizza parties to correct answers before turning them in. Over the course of a single year, scores at the school jumped 45 percent.