John Corcoran, a teacher, taught for 17 years while being illiterate. He struggled in the 6th grade and never learned to read or write, and cheated his way through college. At the age of 47, he finally learned when he was inspired by Barbara Bush advocating for adult literacy.
A college math professor wrote a fantasy “novel” workbook to teach the fundamentals of calculus. Concepts are taught through the adventures of a man who has washed ashore in the mystic land of Carmorra and the hero helps people faced with difficult mathematical problems.
It is illegal for teachers to keep children inside the classroom or hold them back the second the bell rings. This same rule only applies to Primary schools and High schools.
James McCune Smith, the first African-American doctor, was rejected from all American colleges and had to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Every November in South Korea, there’s a day where everyone makes silence to help students concentrate for their most important exam of their lives. Planes are grounded, constructions are paused, banks close and even military training ceases. This day is called Suneung.
Nikola Tesla planned to make school children smarter and healthier by saturating them unconsciously with electricity, wiring the walls of a schoolroom with high-voltage lines. The plan was provisionally approved by then superintendent of New York City schools, William H. Maxwell.
In 2008 and at the age of 45, Flea, bass player of the multiplatinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, enrolled as a freshman at University of Southern California’s music program to learn the academic side of music.
A Wal-Mart heiress gave back her USC degree when she was exposed to have used another student to complete her school work for years.
An autistic man, who was called “stupid” by a gym instructor, taught himself law and won a discrimination lawsuit against the gym.
PhD students display twice as many symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as depression than other people.