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Homeschoolers are weird (even famous homeschoolers). You’ve probably heard it a million times (and maybe even that homeschoolers are annoying).
(Whether you agree or not.)
I happen to rock the homeschool “weirdness” stigma. In fact, isn’t being “weird” just another word for being “different” when people can’t put us into a nice little box of definition?
If so, then I’m OK with my homeschooler being “weird.”
We actually embrace it (and kind of rock it, if I do say so myself).
Check out these other homeschoolers who rocked their “weirdness.”
(Didn’t seem to stop them, huh?)
Famous Homeschool Weirdos
Homeschooler: Abraham Lincoln
Ask someone to name a famous homeschooler and they will almost always say Abraham Lincoln. In fact, homeschooling wasn’t that unusual in Lincoln’s age. However, did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a famous wrestler? His height made him a target wherever he went, so he routinely wrestled other men on a bet. He only lost one time out of 300 wrestling matches!
Homeschooler: Tim Tebow
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Famous athlete and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was the first homeschooler to win a Heisman Trophy.
He was a homeschooler, but he played public school sports in his home state of Florida.
His case helped spark discussion in other states about whether homeschoolers should be allowed to participate in public school sports.
Much controversy has surrounded Tebow and his Christian beliefs that he is unafraid to represent publicly, even within his football career. He even has a word named after him!
Homeschooler: Taylor Swift
Famous singer and entertainer Taylor Swift began homeschooling during high school after her entertainment career took off. However, the beginning of Taylor’s musical career is somewhat weird. She wrote her first song at age 12! But, that’s not the most unusual part:
Homeschooler: J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien was a philologist, or someone who studies “” And, he did that for FUN!
Homeschooler: Emma Watson
Actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione in Harry Potter, was homeschooled the entire time the movies were being filmed.
Also, Emma loves to document things happening in her life and writes in her journal nightly.
Homeschooler: Simone Biles
Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles chose to homeschool starting at age 13 so that she could work school around a grueling athletic schedule. She missed her friends at school, but said that homeschooling was necessary to work around her travel and training schedule.
Not only is Simone an amazing athlete, but she also has some interesting hobbies!
Homeschooler: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for her Little House on the Prairie series, was homeschooled. Laura’s family moved often. Even when they were in one place, the one-roomed school houses were often far away or weather prevented her from attending. Laura’s mother was adamant that her daughters receive a good education, so she often homeschooled them.
Homeschooler: Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was homeschooled until age 12. He was the oldest of 11 children! “Lewis Carroll” was actually his pen name for writing. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Not only was a he a great writer, but he also loved magic and often kept his siblings entertained by it. Carroll was also a renowned mathematician. (Super talented, right?)
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