"Unschooling"

Teenager from India who never completed high school given scholarship by MIT

The William Barton Rogers Building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus (Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Worried about your SAT scores? There is still hope for you, as 17-year-old Malvika Raj Joshi from Mumbai, India, demonstrates. Joshi was accepted into the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite the fact that she dropped out of high school in Class VII (the equivalent of seventh grade in the U.S.). The Boston-based university caught wind of her extraordinary achievements in the International Olympiad of Informatics, a computer science competition where she won two silver medals and one bronze over the last three years. “When I started unschooling, that was four years back, I explored many different subjects. Programming was one of them. I found programming interesting and I used to give more time to it than to other subjects, so, I started liking it at that time,” Joshi explained to the Indian Express.

Her parents told the newspaper they had decided to homeschool, or “unschool,” their daughter, and designed a custom academic curriculum for her. This carried some risks, however as she later found it difficult to gain admission to elite Indian colleges, because of their strict admission rules. Nevertheless, her efforts paid off, as MIT offered her a scholarship to obtain her Bachelor of Science at the college. Her mother Supriya says she has since been approached by parents, wanting to know how she was able to get her daughter into the elite university. “I just tell them that we never aimed for her admission in MIT,” she said. “I tell parents to understand what their children like.”


Read the full story at
Indian Express.

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