14 Year-Old Programmer Highlights Opportunity For Student-Centered Learning

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14 year-old Santiago Gonzales loves learning.

“I enjoy learning. To me I find it as essential as eating. Either you die or you’re pretty miserable without learning.”

Fluent in 12 (and counting) computer languages, public schools did not meet his needs. After 6th grade, he jumped straight to college. He’ll finish his undergraduate studies by age 16, and his Master’s by 17. But his story isn’t about being a precocious prodigy, but rather about the dreaming up an education system that is flexible enough to meet his needs while providing solid footing for those that lack his natural gifts of literacy, and the incredible support of attentive and curious parents at home.

The good news is that such flexibility would attend to needs on both end of this “spectrum.” It’s tempting to consider his outlier cognitive capacity and forgive any “system” of education for lacking the ability to support his genius, but in fact the opposite might be true: It is very visible scenarios like this that highlight the opportunity for student-centered learning.

14 Year-Old Programmer Highlights Opportunity For Student-Centered Learning