Extraordinary Kids

7 Kids Who Reveal the Truth About Homeschooling​

Turning 18 and graduating high school is a natural stepping stone for kids before they enter college. And for one Alabama family, they're doing it all. Except by age 12. Kip and Mona Lisa Harding are parents to 10 children. Seven of them have gotten into college by age 12.

And the other three will soon follow suit. Their oldest, now 26, has been an engineer for four years and already holds two masters degrees. Their second oldest daughter is an architect with her own firm. And the other kids are on their way to becoming doctors in the U.S. Navy, computer scientists, musicians/composers, scholars of the Middle Ages, and lawyers.

Take a second to absorb it all.

The 12-year-old who's studying the Middle Ages is a college student with the highest grade in his class. In case you missed it, he's 12. The rest are carving out their own professions, thanks to mom and dad, who have home-schooled all of their children and allowed them to take college entrance exams early.

If the Harding family shows anything, it's that larger families can have attentive and focused homeschool learning for each and every child. So much for stereotypes, huh?

Take a family like the Duggars, for example. They're constantly criticized for their large brood and for not giving enough individual attention to each of the children.

The size of the family doesn't seem to matter. All seven geniuses in the Harding family were taught by their parents. They followed a similar curriculum and were allowed to hone their own interests and find their future career paths. And they made it to college even before they were teenagers! 

Sounds like a win for big families to us.

Seriously, though. What's in their water?

Would you ever consider homeschooling for your kids?


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Elaine Cox

homeschooled and now in ole miss law school

Frost... FrostyMelted

I would never homeschool my children but don't judge others who do. It's a parent's choice and judging someone for sending their kid to a public school, private school, or for homeschooling them is incredibly stupid. I also don't see any system (traditional schooling or homeschooling) as better or worse than the other. It really depends on the child and the parent. Make your own choice and stop worrying about what others do.

Kenrajnoah Niam

Wowzers!!! I might now but, dangit, I have my own career to uphold or who'll bring in the bacon. :(

Einyn Einyn

Smart cookies. I bet their parents are proud.

nonmember avatar Melissa

I think in general, children who are homeschooled do better overall. There won't be socialization issue in a family of 10 mind you. The only time I ever see it is a problem is if the parents are religious and abuse their kids by teaching not teaching them about reality, like evolution and what not.

belon... belongs2Jesus

so teaching your children about the truth of GOD is abuse Melissa. Really!? Your choice of "reality" is not necessarily truth. 


Yep such tolerance from the tolerate yelling left.

Tracys2 Tracys2

I'd be a terrible homeschool teacher, and knowing myself, I wouldn't socialise them at all. It would be awfulness for the whole family! :-)

I like that they have ohter adults to look up to, and hear viewpoints different from mine, things I might disagree with. I'm all for all of that in society!

Frost... FrostyMelted

@belongs2Jesus - People don't have tolerate ridiculousness. Someone who says, "Jews should be extinguished," isn't entitled to tolerance. So you should drop that nonsensical "Yep such tolerance from the tolerate yelling left," argument because it makes you look really stupid. 

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

I did for a brief period when she was pulled out of a Waldorf school in the middle of 3rd grade to get her up to grade level for 4th grade.  She's in 10th grade and I'm not qualified at all to homeschool her and she  likes the school she is in now and excelling with straight A+ average.

Kelly Ann Eubanks Workman

Melissa, your idea of abuse is more than a little off. If a parent teaches their child or children that God created the earth, that it wasn't just an accidental explosion, that is their choice. Your statement is part of what's wrong with today's society. No tolerance for beliefs different from your own. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and entitled to tea h those beliefs to their children. Abuse is not feeding your child, beating your child, etc. Show a little more tolerance in your own life and provide a good, well balanced roll model for the next generation.

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