Home-Schooled Student To Graduate With Triple Major at 17yrs Young

Stephen R. Stafford is a 13 yr. old Sophomore at Morehouse College. He was photographed at Morehouse. Shot at Morehouse  on January 22

Stephen R. Stafford is a 13 yr. old Sophomore at Morehouse College. 

In the Unites States black males are twice as likely to be held back in elementary school as white males, three times as likely to be suspended from school, and only half as likely to graduate from college. Good thing Stephen R. Stafford II didn’t listen to all of those negative statistics.

Stafford, who is from Lithonia, Georgia, started his education playing school with his older sister when he was only 2 years old. Now 17, he is set to graduate college with a triple major and could complete medical school by the time he turns 22.

Many of the horror stories we hear about the African American achievement gap, particularly for black males, is related to public schools. Stafford’s mother was not about to take that chance and homeschooled him. By the time he was 11, his mother found that he was too smart for her to teach, even though she was quite intelligent. She had him audit Algebra II at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The next year he aced precalculus and Morehouse College allowed him to officially enroll.

Though he will graduate this year with a triple major in pre-med, mathematics and computer science, he doesn’t see it as anything special. In 2010, he was quoted as saying, “I didn’t know what the big deal was about…I just knew it was the next step in my education–and I’m gonna do what my mother tells me to do.” Now those are words of wisdom worthy of a young man who has just been named one of the “World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers.”

After graduation, Stafford will attend Morehouse’s School of Medicine and one day specialize in obstetrics and fertility. The classically trained pianist says, ““I’m just like any other kid. I just learn very, very quickly.”

While not every child can turn out like Stafford, we have to wonder just how many more great achievers there would be if they were given the same educational opportunities. Granted, not every parent has the ability to home-school their children but it is amazing what can happen when they do.



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2 Responses

  1. chania says:

    That’s sooo dope ! I need to interview these parents of his ! There is also a young lady from Chicago who will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree at only 16 and has an IQ higher than Einstein. And here I am , 23 & can hardly pass my Ged ! What is life ! Lol

  2. My husband and I home schooled our sons during the elementary years and I know it made a difference in their academic achievement. No child will be left behind, if they themselves choose NOT TO. All kids can learn, can stay in school or be someone in this world.

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