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UK 10-year-old Esther Okade has moved on from algebra and quadratic equations to college-level mathematical theories. And at 10, I was glad I'd mastered cross-multiplication!
Esther showed she was ahead of the game early, says mom Efe. Standard preschool didn't work for her.
"One day we were coming back home and she burst out in tears, and she said, 'I don't ever want to go back to that school—they don't even let me talk!'" Efe told CNN.
So, she did what many moms would do in the same situation: She homeschooled. And Esther sped right through math curricula, learning algebra at age 4.
Now 10, Esther has earned an A on a British high-school qualification test and is taking college level-math through Open University, a distance-learning university in the United Kingdom.
"It's so interesting. It has the type of maths I love. It's real maths—theories, complex numbers, all that type of stuff," Esther told CNN. "I want to (finish the course) in two years. Then I'm going to do my Ph.D. in financial maths when I'm 13. I want to have my own bank by the time I'm 15 because I like numbers and I like people, and banking is a great way to help people."
We can expect big things from this whiz-kid, including a series of math workbooks she's writing entitled "Yummy Yummy Algebra." (Great title. Right?)
"As long as you can add or subtract, you'll be able to do it. I want to show other children they are special," she said.
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