In Ancient Sparta boys were punished for not answering questions briefly and wittily enough.
In rural Georgia, there are still “Whites Only” school functions, where non-whites are turned away by the police. In 2013, Wilcox County High School will be having its first integrated prom.
In 1978, a Stanford PhD student murdered his advisor with a sledgehammer after being told that he would never get a doctorate after 19 years in graduate school.
35% of America’s high school graduates are functionally illiterate.
Not only all education is free in Denmark – students also receive 900 dollars/month from the state that they can use for whatever they want and never have to pay back.
India producing twice as many engineers, scientists, and IT specialists as America every year. An Indian firm called Aspiring Minds recently stepped up to test the engineering graduates, and according to their results, a third of the tested engineers lacked the most basic mathematical skills needed in everyday life. An incredible 42 percent couldn’t multiply or divide simple decimal numbers. The low quality of India’s specialists and their additional lack of English-comprehension skills have reportedly gotten so bad that some large Indian tech firms are hiring liberal arts majors and training them from scratch.
Paul Thomas Anderson dropped out from the NYU’s film program because he handed in some of Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s work as his own and got it graded a “C”.
10-year old Tilly Smith saved her family and 100 other tourists from the 2004 Asian tsunami, by recognizing signs of tsunamis she had learned in a geography lesson two weeks before.
Florida passed a law requiring toddlers in state-run schools to listen to classical music every day, and in 1998 the governor of Georgia budgeted $105,000 per year to provide every child born in Georgia with a tape or CD of classical music.