Claretta Kimp wants you to understand this:
Yes, she gave birth to two #childprodigies,
and yes, they’re #graduating
this weekend at ages 11 and 14, respectively. Carson, her oldest, is leaving #TexasChristianUniversity
with a degree in #physics
and minors in #Chinese
Cannan, the kid #brother,
will head to #TCU
next fall to study #astrophysics
The first wants to get a PhD, the other wants to be an #astronaut.
All that, Kimp concedes, is impressive.
But as a #mom,
academic achievements rank low among her favorite facts. “Yes, they’re smart,” Kimp told The Washington Post, “but that’s just a small part of who they are.” The brothers, she said, are also best friends, study partners and big fans of their puppy, Klaus. They wrestle and laugh and hold the door open for #women,
just like their mother taught them. At home, Carson and Cannan do not fight, not even during their epic Star Wars lightsaber battles that make Kimp cringe. And don’t worry, Kimp tells the peanut gallery, their social lives are perfectly adequate. Their childhoods haven’t suffered.“My boys have more social skills than most adults,” she said. “They are just normal little boys who do normal little boy things.” It was their brilliance, though, that first landed them in the spotlight.
Four years ago, at age 10, Carson was admitted to TCU in #FortWorth
and he began classes as an 11-year-old. On Saturday, he’ll become the youngest graduate in the #university’s
history.Kimp, who studied early #education
said she converted the spare bedroom in their home into a classroom before Carson was even walking. At first, he played with blocks there. Then she started sitting him in a chair for class.
He was so excited to learn, Kimp said, that they created a set school day from 9 a.m. to noon. But Carson would blow through the curriculum she planned in an hour. By age 2, he was reading books with chapters, and at age 3 he told his mom he wanted to learn calculus.Kimp home-schooled Carson until he was 5 years old and learning at an eighth grade level