Monday, September 17, 2007

9 year old says university too easy

You gotta love this: Yahoo News recently ran an article entitled "Math prodigy, 9, says university too easy" (Yahoo News, September 5, 2007). Given our educational climate these days (see our recent post, "Coddling underachievement, neglecting genius," Musings, August 7, 2007), this is especially interesting. Here are a few excerpts:
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A nine-year-old mathematics prodigy has become Hong Kong's youngest undergraduate, waltzing through his first day at university saying classes were too easy.

March Boedihardjo, an Indonesian-Chinese boy resident in Hong Kong, was accepted by Hong Kong's Baptist University to study for a master's degree after gaining straight As in entrance A-level exams usually taken at 17 or 18.

"It was too easy," Boedihardjo told reporters after attending a convocation ceremony in a pint-sized black-gown and his first day of classes Tuesday, adding that he'd already learnt the subject matter a year or two ago.
[Hat tip to E.F.]

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