Why Homeschool?

I didn’t copy the whole thing, out of respect for fair use, but these entertained me.

See 10 Famous Homeschooled People at Mental Floss.

Agatha Christie was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.

Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia, but her family moved to China when she was just three months old. She was homeschooled by a Confucian scholar and learned English as a second language from her mom.


Ansel Adams was homeschooled at the age of 12 after his “wild laughter and undisguised contempt for the inept ramblings of his teachers” disrupted the classroom. His father took on his education from that point forward.

Robert Frost hated school so much he would get physically ill at the thought of going. He was homeschooled until his high school years.

and consider this:

Louisa May Alcott studied mostly with her dad, but had a few lessons from family friends Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Can you imagine?



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4 responses to “Why Homeschool?

  1. You’re not supposed to dwell on homeschooler successes, silly! That gets the non-homeschoolers in an uproar because it messes up their preconceived notion that we are all neurotic control freaks living in a compound. LOL.
    I gotta go check out that list, it sounds really fab. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. I’ve seen this before. It’s a pretty cool list.

  3. I am so envious of Lousia May! 😉

    Robert Frost also homeschooled his children.

  4. I’m miles behind on my blog reading, so this comment is pretty late. Nevertheless, I’ve just got to write that this list makes me wonder if homeschooling allows these personalities to shine? Each of the individuals you mentioned did something extraordinary. Is it at least in part because they were allowed to be themselves and not forced into a mold by an institutional setting or a critical group of same-age peers?

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