High school dropout wins Nobel Prize

Alvin Roth, who just won the Nobel Prize for Economics, a high school dropout. Finding his Queens high school boring, he quit in his junior year but managed to get into Columbia, earn an engineering degree and go on to earn a doctorate in operations research at Stanford.

His work has been used to match students to their schools of choice and match medical school graduates to residencies.

Of course, dropping out of high school is one of those don’t-try-this-at-home ideas.

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  1. My son left high school after 9th grade — we carted him off to Shanghai for a year, where I was teaching during his father’s sabbatical — he took college courses there, and entered college when we came back. Worked for him. (He graduated from college in three years.)