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February 10, 2003
"Jack does not believe he is anything special"

David Farrer of Freedomandwhisky links to a story about a Scottish boy, eight years old and about to start an Open University degree.

Jack has been treated the same as any other student applying to the OU, and has had to submit some of his work before being accepted. A spokesman for the OU confirmed Jack should commence his science short course soon.

He said: "Our normal age range is 18-plus, but if a child shows exceptional promise and is able to cope with the rigour of the course, he will be accepted. Jack is certainly among the youngest we have had, but in such cases we make doubly certain that studying with the OU will benefit the child."

Jack does not believe he is anything special by becoming one of the youngest undergraduates in the UK.

"I just love lessons," he said. "And when mum says that is enough for the day, I moan that there's time for just a bit more."

Good for mum. Because she was the one doing it with Jack, of course. No mere school could have allowed Jack to get this far this quick. David Farrer reckons the difference was made by TV. They live in the wildest wilds of Scotland, and they can't get it.

Daryl Cobranchi collects stuff like this, but I'm guessing he may have missed this one.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 11:21 PM
Category: Home education

You're right- I missed it. Thanks.

Comment by: Daryl Cobranchi on February 11, 2003 07:16 PM
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