The term “boy genius” is one you’ll often hear on children’s television. Stories of ultra intelligent children have been popular for decades and it’s not hard to see why.
Kids often feel bogged down from having to listen to adults all day and take their word as law. So stories wherein children are much smarter than the adults around them show the kids the type of world they’d like to see.
While characters like Jimmy Neutron or Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory are obviously fiction, they do have some basis in reality. There are plenty of kids out there that can make the average adult look like an absolute idiot.
Case in point: brothers Carson and Cannan Huey-You.
Carson and Cannan are ordinary boys with amazing brains.
Two genius brothers from Texas, Carson and Cannan Huey-You, have simultaneously graduated from high school and college….
Carson, 15, and his 12-year-old brother Cannan grew up in Texas, looked after by their mother, Claretta Kimp. They love to wrestle, play with their puppy, and get into lightsaber fights that embarrass their mother.
“They are just normal little boys who do normal little boy things,” Kimp told The Washington Post.
Yet one thing that sets the brothers apart from most children is their staggering intelligence. Having studied early education in college, their mother decided to convert the house’s spare bedroom into a classroom before Carson could even walk.
At first, Carson just used this room to play with blocks but soon Kimp started sitting him up in a chair to teach classes. Kimp created a curriculum for him to follow from 9 a.m. to noon each day.
Yet little Carson was so smart that he’d breeze through her daily lesson plans in a single hour.
At 2 years old, he had already learned how to read. By 3, he wanted to learn calculus. At 5 years old, Carson was reading at an 8th grade level.
By that point, Kimp had run out of things to teach him and started looking for a proper school.
It wasn’t easy finding a school that met Carson’s level of intelligence and accepted 5-year-olds. Many assumed that Kimp was making prank calls.
“I’m a normal functioning human being and I’m totally for real,” she said. “Here’s my situation.”
Eventually she found a small, private Christian school willing to accept him. Five years later, he graduated as co-valedictorian and it was time to start looking for colleges. Meanwhile, Cannan was getting started on his own path.
Cannan began in a regular school but it didn’t last.
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At first, Cannan’s path seemed like the more traditional route. He started kindergarten at the same age as everybody else and continued on to 1st grade. Yet, by 2nd grade, he had gotten bored of traditional schooling and asked to be homeschooled like his brother.
According to Dallas News, Kimp thinks Carson’s desire to learn must have rubbed off on her younger son. When Cannan got an assignment, Carson would demonstrate on the white board how to solve complex problems easily.
“They know that they are blessed to have a sibling and to have each other,” Kimp told The Washington Post.
Soon Kimp had run out of things to teach Cannan as well. She decided to enroll him in the same private school that Carson went to. Yet most of his time was spent working remotely from the college Carson was attending.
At 10 years old, Carson was already looking at colleges. At 11, he started classes.
What’s more difficult than finding a high school that accepts small children? Finding a college that accepts young children—that’s what!
With most students living on campus and the level of debauchery involved therein, a preteen attending could spell a PR disaster, if something goes wrong.
Yet Carson was eventually able to find a school that not only accepted him but spoke to him as well: Texas Christian University. At 10 years old, he was accepted and, at 11, he started taking classes there.
Every day, Carson had to be driven an hour and a half to Fort Worth to attend classes. There he faced some difficulties ordinary students simply didn’t, like how online financial aid forms didn’t include his age.
There were bigger issues though too, emotional ones which were eased by physics professor Magnus Rittby.
“This experience at TCU would not have been possible without Dr. Rittby,” Kimp said.
3 years later, Cannan has graduated high school and Carson has graduated college.
At 14, Carson Huey You has become the youngest person to graduate from Texas Christian University…
On May 12, 2017, 14-year-old Carson became the youngest ever graduate of Texas Christian University. He received a degree in physics and minors in Chinese and math. The following day, 11-year-old Cannan graduated from high school.
Now Carson is in hot pursuit of his PhD and Cannan is attending TCU in hopes of becoming an astronaut.
Kimp concedes that all of this is quite impressive but that we shouldn’t forget that her boys are still boys.
“Yes, they’re smart,” Kimp said, “but that’s just a small part of who they are.”
Despite their higher education, the brothers have maintained an active social life with kids their age and enjoy the simple things in life. According to a recent interview with Fort Worth Magazine, Carson loves Minecraft, superhero movies, and Lord of The Rings.
Sounds about right for a 15-year-old.