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9 Celebrity Families Who Homeschool Their Kids

Posted by on Oct. 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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9 Celebrity Families Who Homeschool Their Kids

by Jeanne Sager

Kris JennerIt isn't always easy being a homeschooling parent in America. There are more than 1.5 million kids for whom back to school carries a very different meaning, but it's still a choice that gets parents judged ... and how. Think homeschooling parents are just a bunch of crazy eccentrics who wrap their kids in bubbles and don't even have running water?

Maybe this will change your mind: homeschooling isn't just something Mr. and Mrs. Jones around the corner do. It's a pretty popular education method favored by some of Hollywood's biggest celebrities!

Their reasons are varied for choosing to homeschool. Some working actors and actresses want to be able to take their kids on the road when they're working, and homeschool is very portable. Others see a problem with the American educational model that they want to fix at home, and still others simply want to protect their kids from prying eyes.

Regardless of the reason, they're proof positive that homeschooling is a great choice for a lot of different kinds of parents! Just take a look:

1. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise -- Suri Cruise became a Catholic schoolgirl when her parents divorced last year, but in 2010, Katie couldn't say enough good things about having her little girl learn at home. They chose to homeschool because they liked the "one-on-one" education for their daughter.

2. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith -- This power couple ended up starting their own private school, but it was after daughter and son Willow and Jaden were homeschooled for years as part of a cooperative of about 10 parents who all went in together to homeschool their kids.

3. Mayim Bialik -- In addition to being a star on CBS's The Big Bang Theory, Bialik is a homeschooling mom who favors an "unschooling" approach to education.

4. Kris and Bruce Jenner -- Kylie and Kendall Jenner are almost as busy as their big sisters, but that doesn't mean their parents let schoolwork slide -- they do it at home!

5. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt -- The Jolie-Pitts have a rule that if one parent will be on location for more than five days, the whole brood has to go. Tutors go with the kids to make sure they don't fall behind!

6. Cynthia Bailey -- The Real Housewives of Atlanta star began to homeschool daughter Noelle at the girl's request. Noelle wasn't faring well in a mainstream school setting, and time at home helped her find her place again.

7. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin -- Gwynnie reportedly offered a tutor $98,000 a year (plus an apartment!) to travel the world with her family and to teach the kids, of course.

8. Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar -- The Duggars wanted a Christian-based curriculum for their big brood, so that means the kids learn at home. ALL of them. 

9. Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin -- Homeschooling wasn't so much a choice as a necessity for these reality parents when two of their eight kids were kicked out of school.

Are you surprised by any of the names on this list?

by on Oct. 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM
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usmom3
by BJ on Oct. 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

 I knew about most of them!

Buttercakelove
by on Oct. 3, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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Bazillionaires paying others to homeschool their kid
kirbymom
by Sonja on Oct. 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM
Actually, the only ones I was not aware of, are Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin.
paganbaby
by Silver Member on Oct. 3, 2013 at 8:24 PM

I was just going to ask how many of them use a tutor.

Quoting Buttercakelove:

Bazillionaires paying others to homeschool their kid


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Leissaintexas
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Hmmm , this may sound a bit, um, snobby, but I don't consider any of those people homeschoolers, with the exception of Mayim Bialik and the Duggars. I guess because I don't consider paying a tutor to travel with your family to be in the same spirit as homeschooling. I think I must just be very narrow minded. Or maybe *I'm* the one being guilty of stereotyping. Wouldn't that be ironic LOL?

mem82
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

I'm with you to a point. It's not quite the same. I think the heart of homeschooling is being passionate about your children's education so you are completely wrapped up into it. It's a lifestyle. Paying someone to teach your kids a curriculum that they pick out with just a bit of oversight from you isn't quite it.

*disclaimer* Yes, I know you don't have to be a homeschooler to be passionate about your child's education. 8)

Quoting Leissaintexas:

Hmmm , this may sound a bit, um, snobby, but I don't consider any of those people homeschoolers, with the exception of Mayim Bialik and the Duggars. I guess because I don't consider paying a tutor to travel with your family to be in the same spirit as homeschooling. I think I must just be very narrow minded. Or maybe *I'm* the one being guilty of stereotyping. Wouldn't that be ironic LOL?


blueyedbaker
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

I think that if I had the money I would pay to have a tutor, for my girls, when my girls are in higher grades. I know I will be able to teach the higher grades but I don't want to struggle with it, and if someone is tutoring them then that's more time I will be able to spend with them instead of working on lessons/getting ready for the next day. 

oredeb
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

 i guess im surprized on what they call homeschooled mostly, i guess i never considered having a tutor homeschooling

ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Thats awesome!!!
autodidact
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM
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Kristin Hersh does, too. and Robert Frost did, and Jimmy Wales who started Wikipedia, and Elizabeth Edwards. 

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