It seems like every homeschooling parent and student can recite from memory a list of famous homeschoolers. George Washington, Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Sandra Day O’Conner… the list goes on and on. As a kid, I even had a t-shirt featuring a long list of homeschooled names and faces which, I might add, I wore proudly!
This was before homeschooling was as mainstream as it is today, and it was nice to have a list of successful homeschoolers to point to when people questioned your family’s educational choice.
While the accomplishments of these historical figures can’t be overemphasized, there are quite a few more recent examples of famous homeschoolers including some of the most popular entertainers in Hollywood.
They may be household names, but these young celebrities chose homeschooling for some of the same reasons as millions of other American families: flexibility, bullying, religion, and learning difficulties, to name just a few.