Wednesday, May 08, 2013

9-Year-Old 'Professor' Teaches History In Ukraine

CHERKASSY, Ukraine -- History lectures about the Mongol invasion of 1237 may not seem appealing to attend, at least, not until the class is taught by a 9-year-old prodigy.

Nine-year-old Vitaly Nechaev of Ukraine is an expert on the country's history, so much so that he has caught the attention of the local university where he now gives lectures to classrooms full of students.

His next lecture at Cherkassy National University will be about Kievan Rus, a medieval state which disintegrated under the Mongol invasion.

Head of history at the university, Anatoliy Kuzminsky, says he is amazed at Vitaly's vast knowledge.

"This is a unique case. This is still a young brain, but this child is very educated," Kuzminskiv said.

His mother describes him as an "unusual boy."

Vitaly didn't start speaking until he was 3 years old.

However, it was also at that age when he started reading.

According to his mother, once he started reading, he couldn't stop.

He is not only turning the heads of professors, but he is keeping his students eyes open during lectures on topics that would otherwise do the exact opposite.

Oleh Mishenko is among the many students who enjoy his lectures.

"I'm impressed with how he knows details. It seems Vitaly remember many dates," Mishenko said.

Needless to say, Vitaly gets top marks in school.

However, one area of his life in which he does struggle with is his health.

Since he suffers with poor health, he is not always able to attend school, and he is currently taking a break from giving lectures.

"I think I will go back to lectures soon. I'll prepare more interesting topics, but I need to get my strength up. At the beginning of a new academic year, I'll restart my lecturing," Vitaly said.

The prodigy acquired an early love for encyclopedias, geography, history and any kind of book he can get his hands on.

Other than that, he is just your typical 9-year-old who likes to play computer games when he's not teaching prestigious university classes.

Source: Colorado 9 News

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