Top 10 Successful Homeschooled People- anyone on the list surprise you?
As everyone knows, homeschooling just doesnâ€™t work. While you might end up smart, the lack of developed social skills will surely cripple you for life. While all you crazy and proud â€śhomeschool graduatesâ€ť out there might count people like the founder of the Human Genome Project and the youngest MIT professor ever among your ranks, you donâ€™t have any accomplishments to speak of, right? Oh, be quiet, Einstein doesnâ€™t count â€” he was only homeschooled for a year. Weâ€™re talking about celebrities â€” itâ€™s not like Jennifer Love Hewitt was homeschooled. Right?
10. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Yes, at least until she started at Lincoln High School after moving to Los Angeles with her mother, the star of I Know What You Did Last Summer was homeschooled. Despite this obvious setback, she managed to be the hot girl at every party, and lasted longer against a serial killer than even Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
9. Doctor Condoleeza Rice
Being the first black National Security Advisor is only the accomplishment Rice is most known for â€” sheâ€™s also been voted â€śMost Powerful Woman in the Worldâ€ť twice, and was the first black, female, and youngest provost of Stanford University during her tenure. And she was homeschooled until she was ten â€” largely because she lived in Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960â€˛s.
8. C. S. Lewis
Before he wrote Babyâ€™s First Lord of the Rings, and became an English professor at Oxford University and a member of the Inklings, C S Lewis (â€śJackâ€ť to his friends) was homeschooled. While perhaps living up to the stereotype of the â€śreligious fundamental homeschooler,â€ť particularly in his writing, Lewis has nevertheless fully established his place in history as a beloved author of childrenâ€™s literature.
And anyone who doubts the social skills of homeschoolers should hear this story: while fighting at the Battle of the Somme in World War I (also known as one of the bloodiest military operations in history), Lewis made a pact with another cadet that, if either of them died, the other would take care of their family. When his friend was killed in action, Lewis kept his promise â€” caring for his friendâ€™s mother for the next thirty-three years andâ€¦oh wait, they slept together? Thatâ€™s not really the point we were trying â€” and he still called her mother?
Crap. Moving on.
7. Erwin Schrodinger
Though most famous for coming up withdisturbing analogies about cats, Schrodinger also contributed â€śSchrodingerâ€™s Equation,â€ť which describes how the quantum state of a physical system changes with time (obviously). He also won the Nobel Prize for physics, and was homeschooled until the age of ten.
It might be worth noting that, although heâ€™s most famous for the â€śSchrodingerâ€™s Catâ€ť Experiment (in which a cat is both alive and dead at the same time), he actually didnâ€™t think much of quantum mechanics, and that analogy was an explanation of why he thought the theory didnâ€™t make sense.
6. Tim Tebow
Known for his â€śunorthodoxâ€ť play style and frequent prayer, Tim Tebow has quickly drawn both praise, and controversy, for his role as quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. But thatâ€™s now: back in 2007, Tim Tebow became the first home schooled athlete to win the coveted Heisman Award. He was happy to break stereotypes, saying, â€śa lot of times people have this stereotype of homeschoolers as not very athletic â€“ itâ€™s like, go win a spelling bee or something like that â€“ itâ€™s an honor for me to be the first one to do that.â€ť
Living up to his word, Tebow has given major support to the so called â€śTebow Bill,â€ť which would see Alabama following several other states by allowing homeschooled athletes to play for their local high school teams.
5. Frank Lloyd Wright
Without a doubt the most influential architect in American History, Frank Lloyd Wright was, in fact, homeschooled. His mother began by bringing home so called â€śFroebel Gifts,â€ť blocks designed to help children learn on their own. Though Wright eventually attended high school, it is not known whether he graduated, and he dropped out of the University of Wisconsin after a single year.
4. Margaret Atwood
Sheâ€™s a novelist. Come on, youâ€™ve totally heard of her. Sheâ€™s written a ton of poetry. She may be Canadian, but she totally won the Arthur C. Clarke Award! You knowâ€¦ Arthur C. Clarke? He wroteâ€¦ okay, fine. Atwood was homeschooled until sixth grade, and now sheâ€™s a big deal.
In 2009 wrote a book called â€śThe Year of the Floodâ€ť that depicts a dystopian future, for which she created her own environmental religion (which she now follows).
3. Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi occupies a strange place in geek culture, because no matter what kind of stuff youâ€™re into, sheâ€™s probably in some of it. Like sci-fi? Sheâ€™s in Star Trek. Disney Movies? She was a hyena in The Lion King. Movies that should have won an Academy Award but didnâ€™t? The Color Purple. Movies that shouldnâ€™t have won an Academy Award, but did? Ghost (no offense to Swayze, but come on). Obscure pop culture trivia? Sheâ€™s one of a very select group of entertainers to win an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Tony. And she has a Hollywood Star on the Walk of Fame. And she won four Peopleâ€™s Choice awards. And a British Academy of Film award, but itâ€™s not like that really matters.
And, yes, she was homeschooled.
2. Thomas Alva Edison
Weâ€™re not going to waste your time by explaining who Thomas Alva Edison is, but we will blow your mind with this little story: Edison actually began his schooling normally, attending a public school when the family workload permitted, but he was eventually driven out by the age of twelve for being â€śaddled.â€ť In fact, his teacher told his mother that young Thomas was not teachable.
At that, his mother took him home and began teaching him herself. Edison later stated, â€śmy mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.â€ť
And weâ€™re sure he didnâ€™t, because he invented everything.
1. Julian Assange
Weâ€™re going to pose a question here: who undermines major governments using little understood technology, speaks in a funny accent, and goes on the run? If you answered â€śJames Bond Villainsâ€ť, youâ€™re right. But if you add â€śhomeschooledâ€ť to that listâ€¦well, you might still get â€śJames Bond Villainâ€ť. Weâ€™ll know for sure when Skyfall comes out.
Either way, you could also answer Julian Assange, the eccentric Wikileaks founder who lived in his own personal villain layer before going on the run to hide from all the governments, and who was homeschooled for several years while traveling with his parentâ€™s touring theater company.
Which makes him a Bond Villain, a homeschooler, and Dick Grayson (the first Robin). Except with, somehow, even more death threats.