050714 Joshua BeckfordAt six years old, most of us were in the first grade. But Joshua Beckford had the unique opportunity to study at Oxford University.

The now home-schooled eight-year-old – who’s too advanced for a standard curriculum – excels in math, foreign languages, history, philosophy, IT, and science, and he is named as one of the smartest kids in the world by a City University professor.

And while most kids simply say they want to be a doctor when they grow up, Joshua says he wants to be a neurosurgeon. In the meantime he practices procedures such as appendectomies and gall bladder removals. But like his fellow peers, he’s also interested in a second and third profession: He wants to be an astronaut, and he’s currently writing a children’s book on Egypt.

Joshua is also the face of the National Autistic Society’s Black and Minority (BME) campaign, established to highlight obstacles blacks face when trying to obtain access to necessary support and services.


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  • Mary Burrell

    I love this. It needs to go viral. Instead of the ignorance that all over social media.

  • His intellect is amazing and inspiring. He is not even 10, but he will attend Oxford University. I know that his parents, friends, and peers are so proud of him. He know a wide spectrum of subjects from history to IT. This is an excellent story.

    I wish Joshua the best.

  • Delia

    I think ‘The Youngest Kid to Attend Oxford’ needs to be in all caps so it isn’t overlooked. This is truly amazing. What an accomplishment.

  • copelli21

    Kudos to his parents and the parents of Grace Bush. A 16-year old, young black girl who simultaneously earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in Spanish from a south Florida university.

    If you nurture them, they will blossom.

  • Me

    wow! already practicing appendectomies & gall bladder removals… imagine how precise his surgery skills could be by the time he’s a full grown adult practicing medicine… it’s like athletes who train since they were little. he’ll be worth his weight in gold if he sticks with that path & gets all the support he needs. congrats to him & the village that’s raising him.