'Brainy Bunch' Family Sends 7 Kids to College by Age 12
byKaitlin StanfordMay 22, 2014
When you hear of a family of 12 putting all of their kids through college in rapid succession, your mind probably goes straight to those astronomical tuition bills. Yikes! But when you hear that 7 of those kids started their freshman year by the age of 12, it's enough to blow your mind.
So is the story of the Harding family from Montgomery, Alabama, who swung by the TODAY Show last week to share how they did it. (Oh, and to promote their new book on the whole story, called "The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family's Method to Being College Ready by Age Twelve.")
The parents behind this brainiac clan are Kip and Mona Lisa, who say their kids are just as normal as their peers, and insist their early education wasn't part of some grand master plan.
"It just kind of happened," Mona Lisa told Matt Lauer. "We started homeschooling and it was very efficient."
The decision to homeschool in the first place was born out of necessity, as dad Kip is in the military, which leads the family to move around a lot.
And if you're wondering whether taking calculus by the age of 13 takes away a kid's chance to … well, be a kid, dad Kip disagrees. As he told Matt Lauer, "You're unleashing the inner kid, because you're letting them do what they want to do in life."