George Martonaro was sentenced to life without parole on non-violent charges. In his 32 years in the prison system, he learned dozens of subjects, taught numerous courses such as creative writing to over 8000 inmates, and authored more than 30 books.
A scientific study found that starting high school one hour later than usual allowed students to sleep more than half an hour more, and was associated with reduced sleepiness and increased academic performance.
A picture of a giant robot helping Russia revolutionaries storm the winter palace in 1917, was accidentally used in an Australian history exam. Some students wasted time in trying to figure out what the giant robot was, thinking it was a statue of a Russian politician or a battleship.
Samsung, the largest business conglomerate in South Korea, began as a trucking company, and its founder Lee Byung-chul was a college dropout.
Decades of studies have shown that parenting has the largest effect on a child’s grades, not the quality of the school. Affluent families produce better grades regardless of the school due to having more interactions with their parents, resulting in a 30 million average word gap by age 3.
A university in the Netherlands offers “Purification Grave” services, where you can lie in a grave for a while to reflect upon life.
The final science exam for 8th grade students in Ketchikan Alaska is a 2 night survival trip on an uninhabited island.
If you want to learn about monsters and ghouls in real life, you can get a PhD in Parapsychology at the University of Edinburgh.
Homework was extremely controversial in the 1800s and early 1900. In 1901 California even banned homework for everybody under the age of 15.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a “pirate certificate” to students who complete the archery, sailing, fencing, and pistol or rifle shooting courses. The department frequently holds “pirate induction” days and has had a steady stream of students awarded the achievement.