From 1919 to 1969, Cornell University’s home economics programs provided students in the program with “practice babies” from orphanages. The babies were all given the last name “Domecon,” shortened from the “Domestic Economy” program.
The Bose Corporation’s majority owner is MIT. In 2011, the company’s founder, Amar Bose donated the majority of his shares to the university which was his former employer and alma mater. An annual cash dividend is paid out to “advance the research and education mission of MIT”.
In 1965, sister Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to get a Ph.D in computer science. She believed that the use of computers have boundless capacity for the sharing of information.
Sister Mary worked on developing the BASIC programming language. BASIC is a way of translating the zeroes and ones of computer code into something more intuitive and straightforward. It is a general-purpose, high level programming language which helped broaden computer programming into non maths and science fields, subsequently giving many people their first experience with programming.
The concept of Shuhari, a Japanese philosophy on learning, teaches the student first to follow the rules (Shu), seek to break the rules (Ha), then to become the rules (Ri) as they have achieved mastery and the rules are no longer necessary.
In 2008 a school Camden, NJ forced students to eat their lunch off the floor for 2 weeks after a child accidentally spilled water while refilling a water cooler. 7 students won a $500,000 legal settlement. The vice principal has since transferred. The children’s teacher was fired after encouraging them to tell their parents about the punishment. The teacher won a $75,000 settlement earlier.
In 2016, a Detroit school was so understaffed that an 8th grader taught math to his own classmates and to the 7th grade for an entire month.
In 2010, Philadelphia school authorities surreptitiously and remotely activated webcams embedded in school issued laptops the students were using at home in order to spy on the students. They even disciplined a student for his “improper” behavior at home.
Despite having a PHD in statistics, Carl Gugasian, the most prolific bank robber in American history AKA the Friday Bank Robber, chose a life of crime because he feared that he would never find a job due to spending 2 years in prison as a teenager for robbing a candy store.
Gabe Sonnier, started off as a janitor in a Louisiana elementary school until one day in 1985, when he was inspired by the then-principal to take up teaching. Gabe was 39 years old when he started studying for a teaching degree. He’s now the principal of that elementary school.
Instead of “pass/fail” Japanese students used to receive college entrance exam results via telegram with a message, “cherry blossoms are blooming” (pass), or “cherry blossoms are falling” (fail).