Marriage and Family

Homeschooling family from Alabama raises 10 kids who all started college before age 13

Wow, if this is the way that women are going to do marriage now, then sign me up! In today’s post, I’m going to talk about this family from Montogomery, Alabama. Since I’ve been complaining a lot about the public schools lately, I thought it would be good to have a positive article about what a homeschooling success story. And surprise: they’re not all doing easy degrees in English and music.

This is from the UK Daily Mail:

The parents of 10 children who all started college before the age of 13 insist their precocious sons and daughters are ‘not geniuses’ – instead crediting their ‘efficient’ homeschooling regimen for their family’s academic success.

Monalisa Harding, 53, and her husband Kip, 53, who are high school sweethearts from San Jose, California, homeschooled all their children from the same syllabus instead of sending the kids to traditional schools.

They knew they were on the right track after getting each of their first three children through high school by the time they all turned 11, and their younger kids went on to achieve similar success.

Their oldest child, Hannah, went on to earn a bachelors degree in mathematics at the age of 17 from Auburn University, Montgomery in 2004 – making her the first child prodigy.

Last year, their youngest child Thunder, 11, passed his entrance exams to college, joining Lorennah, 13, who is already in her second year.

Those of the Harding siblings who have already graduated from college have gone on to become doctors, architects, spacecraft designers and lawyers.

Now when I talk to women about raising effective children, what I mean is (at a minimum) is that they will finish college or trade school and move out of the house. Ideally, I’d like to see these kids go on the graduate school or specialized training in some trade. The best would be to get some people who can make the Christian worldview look more reasonable in the culture culture. Someone like a William Lane Craig or a Stephen C. Meyer or a Jay W. Richards.

Well, this family has some people doing advanced degrees:

Hannah earned her bachelor’s in mathematics at the age of 17 from Auburn University, Montgomery in 2004 – making her the first child prodigy.

Last year youngest child Thunder, 11, passed his entrance exams to college, joining Lorennah, 13, who is in her second year.

Eight of the brothers and sisters have already graduated by either 15 or 16 – and all went to university before they were 13.

The most recent family graduate Mariannah, 16, is now applying to do her masters in horticulture in January.

[…]Seth Harding, 20, child six of ten, became Alabama’s youngest lawyer at the age of 19 after getting his law degree and passing his professional exams during the pandemic.

If you’re wondering what their worldview is, they’re Christians. Page 2 of their book says this:

First off, we are Christians. We love our Lord Jesus with all our hearts and have dedicated our lives to teaching our children to love Jesus first and others second. If we succeed in this, then we have fulfilled our purpose on this earth.

Second, we are not perfect. We fail all the time. We fight just like everybody else. We yell at each other in anger at times, yet we know how to forgive. We try really hard to forgive as we have been forgiven.

Third, as we said, we are not geniuses. Every member of our family is of average intelligence. There is nothing special about our genes. Our kids have been able to start college by the age of twelve because of two things: the grace of God and the vision to accelerate our teaching methods that we have come to through Him.

Elsewhere in the book:

We believe in a Christian worldview and creation. We believe that there is scientific evidence that supports intelligent design. Uncle Sam will pay for kids to learn only a single theory, which limits diversity of opinion and growth.

Our right to pray in school is being challenged everywhere (and has already been taken away in many places) even though it is still our constitutional right.

And this is how they get around the dangers of kids being pressured / bullied by their same-age peers:

We believe teaching kids in an age-segregated environment is not the most effective way to develop real-life social skills and exposes them to peer pressure. It is not the way the real world works. In the real world, we encounter people of all different ages. We want to teach our kids how to interact with people of all ages. Homeschooled kids are less peer-dependent and better socially adjusted for the real world.

Same-age peers have no demonstrated achievements in the real world. They bully other kids into mistakes like transitioning genders, premarital sex, abortion, drinking, etc. All the emphasis is on stupidity like sports, movies, music, popularity, gossip and looks. I would rather my kids be influenced by adults with demonstrated achievements in ministry and in private sector jobs.

I did a quick search through the book, and there’s a ton of Bible verses and talk about Christianity in it. This is nice. It seems like these days only East Indians, West Indians (like me), Asians and Africans are doing a good job of raising kids who will make a difference. Nice to see some normal white Christians talking the education of their kids seriously. These days, it seems like parents just want to hand their kids off to atheist strangers. Or they just give their kids everything they want so their kids will like them.

Last point. On dates, I always ask young women about their Christian role models, and then immediately follow up by asking how they intend to raise children like their role models. If a woman offered me 10 Christian kids in college before the age of 13, I would take that deal.

I’d like to see women offer men more than just youth and beauty. Every man wants a legacy. And unless a man can work AND homeschool at the same time, he’s going to be leaning on his wife to build him that legacy. Putting the kids in daycare and public schools so they can fumble around with condoms and cucumbers is not valuable to marriage-minded men like me. Marriage is risky and costly for men. We expect a lot. What do Christian women bring to the table? It better be more than “be nice”, “read your Bible” and “pray”. I achieved results, and I expect results from my kids.

9 thoughts on “Homeschooling family from Alabama raises 10 kids who all started college before age 13”

  1. Apparently Hannah teaches math!
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/hannah-harding-9b45ab41

    I’ve certainly heard non-Christian families homeschool and teach their kids good skills, for instace, Asim Qureshi:
    https://qr.ae/pG0hp5
    https://qr.ae/pG0hIe

    His youngest (13) is finishing up accounting,
    His middle (15) does coding,
    His oldest (17) is off to university,

    All three of them finished UK A-levels (18+) exams by the time they were 13.

    I’ve read some of his other answers where he used the Oxford method of studying papers to do Physics (i.e., take out a university-level Physics paper and try to do the questions, and teaching his son all the equations and theory/fundamentals going along).

    On a similar topic, I’m concerned that 5th grade around here gets into sex ed and “gender theory.” (No wonder the confusion…)

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  2. I think because of movies and shows give homeschooling a bad reputation. I personally know a guy who was taken out of public school and was homeschool and doing pretty good.

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  3. Will politely take issue with the concept that “raising effective children, what I mean is (at a minimum) is that they will finish college or trade school and move out of the house. Ideally, I’d like to see these kids go on the graduate school or specialized training in some trade.”

    Not everyone is geared to going to college. Even fewer will ever be ready for graduate school. In the US, around 30% of the population are college graduates. Are the 70% who are not so, to be considered “not effective”?

    David Greene(Hobby Lobby) and a host of others would disagree. We need a better educated society. That does not mean more college graduates.

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  4. And I thought my eldest was enterprising because she wants to finish homeschooling at 16 haha (I do have to say I’m wary of sending young teenagers to college. College it’self is so political now that I’m hoping my children all go to trade schools!)

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