If you take a look back in history, you will be amazed to find many well known people in business, sport, literature, arts and politics that were homeschooled at some point of their education.
We have selected just a few of them to inspire you:
It’s surprising to see just how many past US presidents where homeschooled. Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents of the USA came from humble beginnings and mostly taught himself under the guidance of his step mother at the local library. Another ex president, Wooddrow Wilson, struggled with learning and could not read until he was 10 years old due to his dyslexia. His father took over his education for the most part until he was eventually able to attend college.
One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, C.S. Lewis was homeschooled until his mother’s death when he was sent to boarding school.
Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was raised on the family estate where her father provided her with a classical education with studies in German, French and Italian. This sparked her interest in pursuing a career which was highly frowned upon for a lady of her social standing. Despite her parents’ objections, she was determined to pursue her true calling from a young age and went on to achieve great success in her field.
Alexander Graham Bell, scientist and inventor of the first telephone, received his early schooling at home by his father who was a Professor.
Thomas Edison, another famous inventor of the light bulb and more than 1000 other patents, was homeschooled from the age of 12. His mother was a teacher and had a major influence on his education as he had hearing difficulties as a child. He only attended school for 12 weeks where as he was hyperactive and deemed “difficult” by his teachers, so his mother took him out of school and nurtured his voracious appetite for knowledge herself. Through homeschooling, Thomas Edison developed a process for self education and independent learning that served him well throughout his life.
Modern day examples:
Tennis champs, Venus and Serena Williams were homeschooled by their father, Richard. He also pulled them out of the tennis academy and took over their tennis training too, which says a lot about his coaching ability and determination.
Singers, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato where homeschooled. Taylor Swift began her music career at the age of 14 which did not leave much time for school. She is quoted as saying “My homeschooling has been a great experience. It’s awesome that I’ve been able to stay on the same path to graduating as if I had stayed in high school. My education was always a big deal to me and I’m so glad homeschooling allowed me to keep it up”. Life as a child was not always easy for Demi Lovato, in the 7th grade she was bullied so much that she opted for homeschooling.
Actor Ryan Gosling also got bullied at school and was always in trouble. He was diagnosed with ADHD and had many difficulties in school – by age 10 he still could not read. His mother, a single parent, pulled him out of school to homeschool him.
These great people overcame challenges of discrimination, culture, learning disabilities or circumstance to successfully complete their education at home and go on to achieve great things that they will always be remembered for. It just goes to show that a homeschooling education can prepare a student to be just as competitive in tertiary education and life in the real world.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have one of our Clonard students join these ranks one day – with homeschooling all things are possible!