Bored with School, Homeschooling Gave Tanishq what he Needed to Excel*

Bored with School, Homeschooling Gave Tanishq what he Needed to Excel*

When Tanishq was 7

As a 7-year old amateur astronomer Tanishq attended some classes at Stanford. NASA published two of his astronomy articles on their blog. Here is one about joining the Peninsula Astronomical Society (PAS):

Peninsula Astronomical Society
By Tanishq Mathew Abraham

I recently joined PAS. My parents gave the junior membership as a gift to me for doing well in a college astronomy class. It was so cool to see the colliding galaxies, Sombrero galaxy (spiral), M31 (spiral) galaxy, a few NGC galaxies, elliptical galaxies, and Saturn with its rings.

A few weeks back, I had gone to the community observatory with my family as part of the astronomy college class that I was enrolled in this Spring Semester. The name of the course was “Introduction to Astronomy”. It was fun learning more about the universe and I liked being in the class. My professor was cool and my adult classmates were also good. I enjoyed the topics of Special Relativity, General Relativity, Fundamental Particles, Time Travel, Black holes, GRBs, and Astrobiology!! I enjoyed doing oral presentations in journal club about Kepler-10b which is an exoplanet and for my monograph about Astrobiology.

I learned about possible life on Mars, Europa (Jupiter’s moon) and Enceladus & Titan (Saturn’s moons) and about extremophiles. They are cool living things! I am studying more about different extremophiles and would like to do some experiments and research with them. I am also waiting to own my telescope to view more objects in the universe like exoplanets and discover new ones. It will be awesome to work with scientists at NASA so I can learn more about astronomy. When I grow up I am going to be a multi-field scientist because I like many science subjects like chemistry, biology, physics, geology, paleontology and of course astronomy!

When Tanishq was 9

By Jenny Inglee

Tanishq and his sister Tiara became the youngest siblings ever inducted into Mensa. They both were given the honour at four years old. (Photo c/o Bijou and Taji Abraham)

Tanishq and his sister Tiara became the youngest siblings ever inducted into Mensa. They both were given the honour at four years old. (Photo c/o Bijou and Taji Abraham)

At four years old, the Sacramento, Calif. siblings made history when they were inducted into Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world.

Tanishq, now nine years old, started taking college courses at seven, has already discovered a supernova, helped to discover an exoplanet, and recently became the youngest member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He will likely have his undergraduate degree by the age of 11.

The young genius is interested in science, but isn’t ready to limit himself to one field. He’s got a couple of goals in mind.

One goal, he said in a recent interview, is to get a Ph.D. as soon as possible so he can start his research.

“I want to make discoveries, like some major discoveries, and research is one way I can make those discoveries,” he said.

He’s also thinking of double majoring in general science and history or political science. He wants to have these degrees in his back pocket so maybe one day he can become the president of the United States.

“I want to help the United States,” he said. “They have some problems, and I want to help fix those problems.”

Some of the issues he wants to address include climate change, gun control, and education. However, Tanishq said,

“there are so many problems that need to be fixed that I can’t list them all.”

His sister, who is now seven, also has a couple of goals. When she’s older, she hopes to be “a veterinarian, a famous artist, a famous singer, and a famous sprinter.”

Despite being geniuses, the siblings are still little kids. And bridging the gap between their age and intellect hasn’t always been easy.

When Tanishq and Tiara went to kindergarten, both were way ahead of their peers. They skipped a grade, but were still bored in second grade. Eventually, their parents decided it was best to homeschool them and supplement Tanishq’s schooling with higher education courses. Tiara will likely follow in her brother’s footsteps.

The siblings are social, their mother said, and to make sure they have time with kids their age, they take part in plenty of extracurricular activities. They both take tennis and swimming lessons and Tanishq is in a boy’s choir.

“He’ll go to his choir class and goof around with all those boys,” his mother, Dr. Taji Abraham, said,

“and when he goes to college he’s more serious. He jokes around with them too, but it’s a different environment.”

Despite the family’s focus on trying to give their kids the best of both worlds, they still get a lot of criticism. Their mother said they often hear, “Why do you have a seven year old in college? You’re taking away his childhood.”

The kids, Dr. Abraham said, are actually very well adjusted. She and her husband, Bijou Abraham, make sure of that. With all their talent, their mother said, there is no way “we could sit idly by.”

9-Yr-Old College Prodigy: Tanishq Abraham

Tanishq at 11

Tanisq with his father who is from from Kerala, India

Tanishq Abraham graduated from American River College in Sacramento on Wednesday night with degrees in math and physical sciences, general science and foreign language studies.

Tanishq Abraham, an 11-year-old boy from California, put on a black gown and tasseled cap. No, Tanishq was not playing dress up. This pre-teen was graduating – not from high school but from college.

Writes NBC News:

“Tanishq Abraham is the youngest person to graduate from American River College in Sacramento, California, this year, according to NBC affiliate KCRA. And he may be the youngest person to graduate from the school in its 60-year history… He graduated high school last June at age 10, after completing California’s early-exit high school exam. He even received a congratulatory message from President Barack Obama and several California officials.”

American River College spokesman Scott Crow said: “The assumption is that he’s the all-time youngest. But we don’t have all the archives to completely confirm. He was definitely the youngest this year.”

Either way, Tanishq, who has been part of MENSA – the high IQ society – since he was just four years old, holds associate degrees in math, science and foreign language studies. The preteen has been home schooled since the age of seven, and just graduated high school in June 2014. He completed three college degree programs in less than one year.

All those accomplishments – to Tanishq it wasn’t “much of a big thing for me.”

Tanishq’s mother, Taji Abraham, said she knew he was gifted from an early age.

“Even in kindergarten he was pretty ahead, a few years ahead — and then it just went from there,” she said.

He even has his own Wikipedia page.

What’s next for this child prodigy? A clue was revealed in his favourite quote, worn on his graduating cap: “2 Infinity and Beyond” from Toy Story.

Abraham said:

“I want to become a doctor, but I also want to become a medical researcher – and also the president of the United States.”


Comment: Hopefully by then the U.S. will have no shadow government, the Illuminati, the cultural Marxists, and the scientologists – then there might be some freedom to run the country by the people, and for the people

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