I hope this kid isn’t Jewish. There are instances of Jews changing their name from Cohen to Owen. Owens isn’t too far from that.
Insofar as I am aware Jews do not homeschool their children. Generally, they don’t enter the engineering profession either.
So, to the inevitable Jew or Not Jew question, I’ll leave it up to you to decide.
For anyone who has taken the ACT, a score of 36 means one thing– perfection. For Mandeville’s Joshua Owens it means a good shot at M.I.T. and a future of endless possibilities.
“I would like to go into Aerospace Engineering and follow the innovations,” he said.
Considering Owens scored a 30 on the ACT when still in seventh grade, it might be safe to say this latest achievement was no fluke.
Owens, the eldest of four, has been home schooled for most of his education. He believes that home schooling has offered more than he would have had in a traditional school setting.
“Home schooling gave me an advantage because the instruction is tailored for the individual. It’s not just about getting ahead,” Owens said.
It is only recently, the last two school years, that Owens has been attending an institution outside of his home. The Northshore Home Education Center offers classes from preschool through high school. The students are still technically home-schooled but the center offers tutoring and enrichment classes.
More importantly, for Owens, the school offers “dual enrollment” with Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond. He is presently enrolled in his third college math class, Calculus, at Southeastern. Hence a real jumpstart to college.
Kate Lundquist, his teacher and director of the Home Education Center, is amazed at her young protege.
“Joshua has a genuine excitement about Math and learning new things. He loves to learn,” Lundquist said.
In this case, learning has led to perfection.
“Obtaining extreme scores has a lot to do with critical thinking. It is one thing to know the subject material, but it takes critical thinking and ability to apply the knowledge. Learning is a goal, not a means to an end,” Owens said.
Owens is indeed a critical thinker. He scored as well as he did using his critical thinking skills, not crediting traditional ACT prep classes. He does not suggest or recommend the prep classes. But, Owens does credit his mom, Terri Owens, for allowing for a tailored curriculum that gave him an advantage not many students receive.
Terri said: “As a homeschooling family, we’ve had ample opportunity to raise-up our son in the way he should go, to include nurturing his curiosity, creativity and God-given aptitude. My hope is that the perfect ACT score will open doors for him, as he moves beyond high school to college and beyond.”
Owens’ genius is apparent. He says he would like to work in a field where he can shape the future by being an innovator. M.I.T. would be lucky to have him.
Homeschooling should be undertaken by more Caucasian families. With schools having turned into indoctrination centers with lower standards to ensure that diversity succeeds, the American white child would benefit enormously, even if not an alleged genius like Joshua.