In 2020, a Japanese University has granted the first ever Masters Degree in Ninja Studies.
Masako Wakamiya is a Japanese woman who on noticing the lack of fun game apps for senior citizens learnt coding at the age of 81 and created her own app, Hinadan, inspired by a Japanese doll festival. She holds seminars and workshops to educate elderly about the benefits of technology.
Eva Mae Bradbury was the only member of her graduating class at the public school in Ada, Kansas. The school nevertheless put on a full commencement program for her, attended by 150 people, which was about the entire population of Ada.
In order to raise a genius, the first thing a parent must do is to not send a child to a public school; according to Harold G. McCurdy, a professor at the University of North Carolina.
Based on his study of the childhoods of 29 geniuses, conducted back in 1960, he determined that “three striking factors seemed to be typical of the childhood pattern of genius”:
one, close association with an interested adult; two, relative isolation from other children; and three, a great development of imagination and fantasy.
“Public school education,” he declared, “works against these three things.”
Martin Pistorius fell into a coma at age twelve. He was trapped in his body for 12 years. When he showed signs of recovery, his mother quit her job and worked with him for two years, teaching him to speak with a computer. He went on to get a degree, learn to drive, and get married.
Trinity Southern University was sued for allegedly selling fake degree after investigators were able to obtain a fake college degree for their cat.
“Unschooling” is a form of homeschooling where the child has no curriculum or schedule. Instead they learn by living their life while following their passions. Proponents say it increases the child’s general well being and improved attitude towards learning.
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.