Meet The Kids Whose Parents Stopped Saving For College Because Of May 21

From BusinessInsider:

Two years ago, three teenagers’ lives changed dramatically, a New York Times article explains.

Their mother, Abby Haddad Carson, and her husband, Robert Carson, started going on missions spreading their belief that the world would end on May 21st, 2011.

Abby Haddad Carson quit her job and stopped putting away any money for college for her three children.

The Haddad kids have had a tough time dealing with their mother’s new found mission. Grace Haddad, the 16-year-old, told the Times:

“My mom has told me directly that I’m not going to get into heaven. At first it was really upsetting, but it’s what she honestly believes.”

Joseph Haddad, 14 years old, finds his mother’s actions embarrassing. He is worried there will be no money for him to attend college, and says he has kept his friends as far away from his mother as possible, because he doesn’t want them to think he is like her.


  1. I think that is unfortunate for the children. However, I personally believe that the universe will eventually end in heat death several billion years down the road.

    When that comes, I’d be OK with my great-great-etc grandchildren spending their savings account. Preferably at the restaurant at the end of the universe, but to each their own I suppose.

    Anyway, that’s their beliefs, who am I to argue? Heck, Galileo’s ideas seemed just as wacky back in the day.

    1. If I would criticize this situation, I would firstly point out to the fact that for people have the right to make it into an university in the U.S. their parents need to take a decision. Formally, it is not against the law to block children from going to college due to stupidity of the parents. This is a point that is in no sense obvious to me.

      1. While I acknowledge that the cost of university (on average) in the US far surpasses that in Canada, and that may make a difference here, I’ve never understood why parents are responsible for their children’s university education costs. From my perspective, people are essentially adults when they finish high school and their education at that point becomes their responsibility. I have no problem with people choosing to help their kids out with that, but the idea that it is a fundamental failure on their part if they do not do so is absurd to me.

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