I didn’t know THEY were homeschooled

With school back in session I thought this to be a very appropriate post.  Our oldest had a great week – must have been a well deserved Christmas break she was enjoying!

Do you know what Sandra Day O’ Connor, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Edison, Pearl S. Buck, C.S. Lewis, Albert Schweitzer, Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, George Washington Carver, and Cyrus McCormick have in common?

They were all homeschooled either for a period of time or for the duration of their schooling!

One of two thoughts probably just ran through your mind if you’re a homeschooler…

Encouragement: “Wow! I KNEW I made the right decision to homeschool. He/She really CAN become anything they want to be.”

Inferiority: “What was I thinking?! I don’t even know who half of these ‘prominent people’ are.”

Just a few tidbits…

Sandra Day O’Connor: Homeschooled at the family cattle ranch in Duncan, Arizona. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Woodrow Wilson: Born in Virginia in 1856, he graduated from Princeton (then known as the College of New Jersey) and the University of Virginia Law School, followed by a doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. He was our 28th President.

Franklin Roosevelt: Born in New York in 1882, he attended Harvard and Columbia Law School. He was our 32nd President.

George Washington: Born in 1732 in Virginia, he became our first President on April 30, 1789. “As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent,” he wrote James Madison, “it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.”

Abraham Lincoln: Born in 1809 in Kentucky, he declared forever free the slaves within the Confederacy on January 1, 1863. He was the 16th President.

John Quincy Adams: Born in 1767 in Massachusett, he graduated from Harvard College. He was our sixth President.

Thomas Edison: Born in 1847 in Ohio, he was removed from school by his mother at age seven after she learned of his teacher’s dislike for his behavior problems (probably diagnosed as ADHD today). He invented the incandescent electric light and the electric lighting system that made it practical, safe and economical. He said, “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

Pearl S. Buck: Born in 1892 in West Virginia, she graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1910. She established the first international, inter-racial adoption agency, and called it Welcome House.

C.S. Lewis: Born in 1898 in Northern Ireland, he was arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. A few of the books he authored are The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity.

Albert Schweitzer: Born in 1875, he was known as a humanitarian, theologian, missionary, organist, and medical doctor. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.

Mark Twain: Born in 1835, he published more than 30 books, hundreds of short stories and essays and gave lectures around the world. He penned such books as The Innocents Abroad, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Diary of Adam & Eve.

Alexander Graham Bell: Born in 1847 in Scotland, he invented the telephone at the age of 29. He began experimenting with propellers and the challenge of flight in the 1890s and he contributed to the production of four powered aircraft of his own by 1909.

George Washington Carver: Born in 1864 in Missouri, he was kidnapped as a child by the Confederate night-raiders but found and reclaimed by his father after the war. He was an agricultural chemist who discovered more than 300 uses for peanuts, and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes.

Cyrus McCormick: Born in 1809 in Virginia, his goal was to earn a million dollars when the average worker earned a nickel an hour. By age 50 he had done just that by inventing the reaper. His company became the International Harvester Company in 1902.

Well, I learned a lot just putting this post together! Does your daughter love to yack on the phone? Assign a report on Alexander Graham Bell. Is your son an aspiring entrepeneur? Have him check out Cyrus McCormick, who attained wealth but also gave it away. Does your child love to eat like mine? Have her do a report on George Washington Carver who had his hand in a lot of yummy inventions! Is your child struggling through behavioral problems? Encourage them with a report on Thomas Edison. Is your child a born leader? Direct them to investigate George Washington’s integrity. Here’s your chance to assign a report that they may actually enjoy! They are sure to be inspired. I was.


3 Responses so far »

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    diana said,

    I don’t know much about homeschooling because it’s not so popular in India, but it is still great to read this inspiring post, good luck with your children. God bless you 🙂


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    Zabrina said,

    As in India, homeschooling is not popular in Brazil. It’s possible very rare, speacially because there are a lot of people that don’t even finish elementary school, so they won’t be able to teach their kids. I don’t see myself homeschooling my kids, as they live in USA and my English is something else!!! But, I am a certified teacher, I could be teaching kids in schools in Brazil (primary school). I wish to teach them some portuguese. Will be back from my trip with some books. I also prefer them in the school, not only because I can go for some errands while they are in the school, but I think is good for socialization with other kids. But I don’t have any concerns about being well educated at home. I, myself, learned a lot of English, html and other stuff at home.

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    casapinka said,

    i don’t home school my children either, just a personal choice. I always admire people who do, however. This is a very informative and interesting post. Thanks.

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