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Finally, There’s a Home for this Autodidact African Boy!

December 7, 2012

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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Peewee Roces Morató permalink
    December 8, 2012 3:38

    I have to say, I am quite impressed at your consistent, integrated, and very ‘macro’ point of view on many things. It is exciting to read your posts. You speak what Is in my heart which I cannot express. As a Christian, I am looking and experiencing the world from a spiritual perspective. Did you say you are an Athiest? If so, I wonder how you can remain one without falling on your knees with gratitude for the gift of your intelligence and straight thinking process, your eloquence, talent and virtues that give birth to and nurture your poignant articles.

    I am dazzled and amazed and grateful to God for someone like you. Like you, I value freedom and individual rights.

    God bless you.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. harr? permalink
    December 8, 2012 3:38

    “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.”

    harr harr har.. El Flipland will retains its status quo!! Flip pfrid3, y3ah! j3j3j3j3

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