Family sends six children to college before age 12

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  • Piret Clifton, NJ
    May 13, 2013 5:36 p.m.

    This would not be possible in Australia -until you reach adulthood you cannot enter university without prerequisites in certain subjects. And I do think some US college courses are far too easy (I did my Masters in the US).

  • K Mchenry, IL
    April 20, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    There should be an age requirement to take college classes. One or two years early is fine. This is extreme.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    April 20, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    I could see an education model that gives the responsibility back to families. There are certainly many more resources available to families than ever before. Public education could focus on providing the resources for individual learning instead of on providing a teacher and classroom for group learning. Maybe the transition period would best include some of both. Seems a lot less expensive for the public; shifting the expense burden to the individual and family. Even in the current education model kids whose parents are more involved are more likely to do well.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2013 11:01 p.m.

    Great parents, great kids, great story.

    I wish there were more people who valued education and real achievement **and** the kind of devotion to the real work that it requires, as much as this family obviously does.

    There are millions of equally bright and capable children sitting, unmotivated and uneducated, in hundreds of thousands of public school class rooms with the same potential for achievement as these lucky few but who lack the same adult leadership is their lives.

    There are also many thousands of various types of education "leaders", particularly those in teacher union leadership, who simply could not care less and who stand in opposition to the many other thousands who earnestly yearn to see our education system become more effective and more honest.

    Sadly, as in so many other cases of misplaced priorities, it is the children who pay the price. And ultimately and inevitably, of course, so do we all.

  • utah1966 broomfield, CO
    April 19, 2013 4:55 p.m.

    This is a great example of what home schooling achieves. I've read before that home schooled kids outperform public schooled, most of the time. Look at the advantages: a feeling of a safe and supportive environment. No competing for attention by other students. No competing in what one is wearing. (This helps in parochial schools.) No long bus rides, meaning wasted, and sometimes dangerous, time spent. Lessons in everyday living, that can't be learned in a classroom. And parents who know the student better than any outside teacher does. They do get time in group activities and have friends. I agree, there has been too much emphasis for too long on encouraging children to remain children, instead of learning what is necessary to be an adult. Commercial interest took away parents responsibility by appealing to youth, simply to make more money. They have created adults, who act like children, who live for themselves, in every respect.

  • Andyrewjohn Salt Lake City, UT
    April 19, 2013 3:33 p.m.

    This family is brilliant!
    As far as the concern that the child may have no childhood, I say, a child's childhood is over once they are at the age of understanding. Yes, for some kids this age is different, though generally it is around the age of 4 or 5. They become introduced to the concepts of life upon entering school.
    Why prolong them from accepting the reality of life until later in life? The sooner the better. This way we don't have adult children who cause pain to many!
    It is a concern though they may not be the most socially adept. You must think though, If their daughter is in the Navy she's probably pretty well off in being able to socialize.
    Kids don't need barbies and all these insignificant agendas surrounding them. Help them to accept the reality of life so that they may have an easier time the next 60 - 80 years of their life.

  • cval Hyde Park, UT
    April 19, 2013 1:41 p.m.

    While this is impressive, I think we too often confuse acceleration with achievement.

    Students who are pushed ahead academically are often lacking in other social and emotional skills they need to be successful. Doing it faster and younger often does not lead to greater things later. Why the rush?

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    April 19, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Well done! At home you can eliminate waste and focus on the essentials of learning. I think this family should be used as a model for public education to observe what can be done when you do it right.

    I home school my children as well. One thing we do differently in our family is begin by scoring well on AP tests. This knocks out some college courses for $89 per course. Then take the ACT and try to enroll in college.

    Regarding childhood. I think we have created a counter-productive expectation of "childhood". It involves wasting time and not having any real goals. Setting goals and reaching them is fun. Being productive is fun. Knowing that by the age of 22 you'll be able to support a family with no college debt is fun. Being responsible is fun. That is what I teach to my children.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    April 19, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    On one hand this is really cool. On the other hand it would be nice for the kids to have a childhood. You spend most of your life being an adult. Not a criticism on my part, just a thought. Sounds like they learned well though. Good luck to the family.