Finally, There’s a Home for this Autodidact African Boy!
Here’s a thought-provoking trivia question: Did you know that there’s absolutely NO ROOM for self-taught (autodidact) and home-schooled people in the Philippine academia (or perhaps even in the public sector?
Well, that’s mainly because of the country’s diploma-oriented culture, mentality and laws.
Speaking of autodidacticism, there’s this Sierra Leone teenager named Kelvin Doe, aka DJ Focus, who taught himself electronics and then built his own radio station. This great achievement earned him a residence at MIT. Well, it’s always America. This nation is well-known for its culture of openness to immigrants and innovation. It is this culture that made America the greatest nation the world has ever known.
America is known for having a good list of famous autodidacts and home-schooled people. In fact, at least nine U.S. presidents were home-schooled. They were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus. Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey – experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.
According to THNKR, “Kelvin is experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.”
Here’s one of the positive comments posted by American netizens: “Give ’em instant American citizenship!”
This 15-year-old boy deserves it.