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(Boston Globe)   Boy quits school at 7, hits the road with father, joins MIT faculty at 20   ( divider line
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2002-02-17 07:53:36 PM  
2002-02-17 07:53:42 PM  
School sucks. The end.
2002-02-17 07:53:53 PM  
I told them not to post this story about me
2002-02-17 07:57:44 PM  
Too much to read. wonder what mit is oven mit maybe?
2002-02-17 07:59:28 PM  
Memphis Institute of Technology?
2002-02-17 07:59:34 PM  
There is something to be said for alternative upbringing. I went through the standard battery of schooling and I ended up flunking out of MIT by that age.
2002-02-17 08:04:17 PM  
this kid visited johns hopkins when i was there... didn't give ne lectures or nething but he watched through a cal 3 class and laughed at my teacher the enitre time
2002-02-17 08:05:05 PM  
Vaudeville mathematics.
2002-02-17 08:10:31 PM  
I thought it went boy quits school at 7, nanny hangs herself, woman falls off balcony, lightning rod impales priest, photographer gets beheaded in Israel
2002-02-17 08:10:56 PM  
3rd through 12th grade taught me to filter out what was going on in class

if I could have skipped all that I would be so smart!!
2002-02-17 08:12:23 PM  
Who needs an education if they're Peter North?
2002-02-17 08:12:29 PM  
Perhaps a few of the respondents in here may be a bit, ummm... Jealous?
2002-02-17 08:15:35 PM  
Marmalade Induced Trauma?
2002-02-17 08:15:49 PM  
bravo. it's refreshing to see something positive about parenting the "old-fashioned" way (yano - being there when your kid needs you, helping them instead of enabling them to take the easy way out, etc..)
too many whiners these days...
ok, enough of my ranting, back to the b00bz.
2002-02-17 08:17:45 PM  
This is pretty cool. Makes my "normal" schooling seem unimportant and droll, lol.
2002-02-17 08:18:13 PM  
good point, Holmes! I have a huge Peter!
2002-02-17 08:18:38 PM  
School sucks, by fault and Propaghandi

School sucks. School isn't cool you stupid fark.
The administrators are only in it for the barks.
And if you don't believe me you're a schmuck.
But the trend will die out with any luck.
Yo Ho. Yo Ho.
Rudy, a message to you Rudy, a message to you Rudy.
Fark you Rudy!
2002-02-17 08:20:09 PM  
2002-02-17 08:28:37 PM  
Right on. Cheers
2002-02-17 08:34:30 PM  
Michigan Institute of Trucking
2002-02-17 08:40:03 PM  
ok trying it out.... spidey senses tingling....
2002-02-17 08:42:40 PM  
dude. this is like, totally, inspiring, and stuff. ya. totally.
2002-02-17 08:42:49 PM  
I bet if you do a search on the various job sites you won't find much demand for an origami whiz.
2002-02-17 08:43:57 PM  
The Single coolest story I have ever read.
Not only is the kid a hero. His dad deserves a award.
I would very much like to shake his hand.

The Dead guy.
2002-02-17 08:46:05 PM  
What up to my boys Jon and Pete
2002-02-17 08:47:23 PM  
i hate prodigies and their stupid pasts of receiving alternative parenting. the bastards.
2002-02-17 08:53:14 PM  
Yeah, I think they blocked Fark off. I've done the .txt thing on other sites and it still works, for now anyway.
2002-02-17 09:03:54 PM  
This is an obvious testament to the failure of public education. Granted, there are some homeschool parents who get into it because they are "socially challenged" themselves, but let's face it, getting a degree in education is equivalent to getting a degree in criminal justice.
2002-02-17 09:08:35 PM  
This guy is good; he taught my Algorithms class last semester.

You can find out more about him at:
2002-02-17 09:10:16 PM  
People responding should watch those sweeping generalizations about schooling. This is just a special case of a person to whom the rules did not apply - when you're freakin brilliant, of course public education won't work out for you.
2002-02-17 09:10:32 PM  
He published his first paper in the International Symposium on High Performance Computing Systems a few months after turning 15, and he's published around 40 papers since then.
2002-02-17 09:16:45 PM  
The dad is a hero but.... I don't understand how it's possible to live off one dollar meals. Maybe they each others poop when they're starving.
2002-02-17 09:18:57 PM  
I was raised the same way this guy was and all I ended up in was jail.

PS: I bet this kid gets some massive genius-level puss.
2002-02-17 09:21:19 PM  
And meanwhile in another thread, a 7 yr. old gets a ticket for driving without a license.
2002-02-17 09:25:49 PM  
This article just made my night. Erik reminds me of Pascal in a way.
2002-02-17 09:32:27 PM  
Way to cool. Great article and I am sure you will here more about them in the years to come. I wonder what he thinks about cold fusion?
2002-02-17 09:41:50 PM  
20 years old? Teaching school?

This kid oughta be out trying to get laid...focus people, focus
2002-02-17 09:53:22 PM  
Computational Origami?????

And I should teach a class on beer drinking to explain superstring theory. 3 drink minimum

jeez. the most off the wall course in a UT CS Degree is web design, and that doesnt count towards the BS degree!
2002-02-17 10:03:16 PM  
His personal home page.

blasted overachievers.
they make us real bright lazy guys look bad.
2002-02-17 10:06:44 PM  
I am an underachieving overachiever.
2002-02-17 10:10:07 PM  
there are some math freaks at Waterloo

Canadian math
2002-02-17 10:14:40 PM  
This kid is way too attached to his old man. Just wait until the kid gets a serious girlfriend, the old man will freak out.
2002-02-17 10:17:38 PM  
First of all, this kid is simply incredibly gifted.
Second of all, there should be a movie made of his extraordinary life.
I was blown away by reading this.
2002-02-17 10:18:23 PM  
What about all those smart guys who are just too lazy to amount to much?
2002-02-17 10:18:45 PM  
Ummm... isn't the number of programming languages known inversely related to the number of girlfriends a guy will have in his lifetime?
2002-02-17 10:25:51 PM  
The IMG tags must be wacked - this kid is only "interesting" when the killer a few posts down is a "hero"?
2002-02-17 10:26:06 PM  

Well, it just so happens that I'm freaking brilliant. I was also subjected to the public school system. As to whether or not it worked out for me, I can say that I rose above it. No, I should say "in spite" of it.

I know of what I speak. The education system was just a joke for me. The crowning insult was being required to take the state graduation exam. Imagine my surprise when I saw that any fifth grader in the top 20% or so could have passed it.
2002-02-17 10:34:58 PM  
Until this year, high school seniors in my state were required to take an exam that included questions like the following:

What is a parking lot?

2002-02-17 10:45:19 PM  
Great story. Definetly hollywood material.

Damn, why couldnt i be a genius?
2002-02-17 10:48:29 PM  
*jaw drops*
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