the main points
- Mensa is an international organization for individuals with IQs among the top 2 percent of the population.
- Teddy Hobbs, a four-year-old boy from southwest England, taught himself to read at the age of two.
- He has become the UK’s youngest member.
A British boy who taught himself how to read at the age of two has become the UK’s youngest member of the Mensa Society, an exclusive global community known for its mental strength.
Teddy Hobbs, a four-year-old boy from southwest England, can count to 100 in several languages, including Mandarin.
His mother, Beth Hobbs, said during an interview with the BBC that she began to notice Teddy’s appetite for learning when he said he was only interested in educational programs on TV during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“He could count to 100 before he was two years old, in English. And I just assumed, every kid has his own weirdness. Every kid develops a little bit faster in something other than other kids. And we just assumed that’s the thing he wants.” That was and she said that would be the end of it.”
“And obviously during the lockdown… [he] He was watching a little more TV than he usually does… He was adamant that he only wanted to watch educational programmes [programs]. ”
Mensa is an international organization for individuals with high IQs who score higher than the 98th percentile of the general population, in intelligence tests approved by Mensa.
Hobbs remembers messaging others in the WhatsApp group asking if their children had similar behaviours.
“The answers came as no, no, it wasn’t. And so we called the health visitor and said, ‘Look, I think he’s teaching himself how to read.'”
Teddy gained entry to Mensa at the age of three after completing the Mensa Intelligence Test and scoring 139 out of 160.
But his parents said they wanted him to have a well-rounded childhood, reports the BBC.