During the 1800s, it was normal to hear about famous people who received their education at home. Growing up in a family that was extremely poor, Louisa May Alcott had to work to help support her family. Born in 1832, it was not unheard of at the time to be home-schooled, and since she was working to help with the expenses, it only made sense that she was taught her education at home. Louisa had written the novel, Little Women, that is still popular now. Many other people who were home-schooled include; Susan B. Anthony (who was born in 1820 and was a feminist and civil-rights activist), the inventors; Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison, and Robert Frost, the poet.
All of those people were alive during the time when there was no such thing as the telephone, internet or television; so distractions were less likely to be an issue. How many people today have the time, let alone, the patience to actually spend time at home with their children, teaching them all of the things that are learned in a typical school setting? Apparently there are a lot of celebrities out there whose parents took the time to make sure they not only got a good education at home (or even on a tour bus), but ended up becoming multi-million dollar celebrities at the same time.
9 Justin Bieber, Singer
Justin Bieber grew up in Canada, in a low-income neighborhood and was raised by a single mother, Pattie Mallette. As a child, he learned to play several different instruments, (including the guitar), and decided to put a lot of his work on Youtube. In 2007, he was “discovered” by Scooter Braun, the marketing executive for Usher, after Justin was seen in several videos. Justin then signed a contract with Raymond Braun Media Group (RBMG) and ended up becoming a huge success. He was in a traditional school as a child, but as his fame grew, he needed to be schooled in a less-than-traditional way. In his high school years, Justin had tutors to help him through the studying and recently took a test that proved he graduated. Ellen Degeneres had a “mock” ceremony for him in 2012, to signify his graduation, since he was unable to have a “real” observance of his accomplishment.
8 Justin Timberlake, Singer, Actor, Entertainer
Justin Timberlake grew up in the spotlight. As a child, he was a member of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club and also appeared on Star Search. He eventually joined the band N’Sync, being the youngest in the group. As he got older, he decided to focus on his solo career, having some great hits with his music and even went on to become a successful actor. This did not leave much time for a “traditional” school experience, and since Justin was only twelve years old when appearing on Star Search (which basically started his career), he was home-schooled for middle and junior high school after attending Jeter Elementary School in Tennessee.
7 Jason Taylor, NFL Star
The former Defensive End for the Miami dolphins, Jason Taylor, grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was home-schooled. One day he was able to join the football team in the town and even got a scholarship to the University of Akron. Eventually, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) revoked his scholarship when they found out that he was home-schooled. Knowing that being home-schooled is almost the same as being in a traditional school, with the exception of other students and no busing, Jason decided to do something about this and fought back. He was able to get back his scholarship, with the help of the Home School Legal Defense Association. Because of Jason; today, players that are home-schooled can rightfully obtain scholarships to colleges when they are eligible.
Jason Taylor has played for the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. He has also been on Dancing with the Stars, making it to the finals in week ten. Currently, Jason is an analyst on ESPN and can be seen on the NFL Countdown on the cable networks.
7) Selena Gomez, Singer, Actress
The pop superstar, Selena Gomez got her “start” by appearing in the television kids’ show, Barney, when she was just a child. Selena was also a member of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, along with her friends, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears, at a very young age. She has also had her own television show on Disney; The Wizards of Waverly Place and is currently touring the country as a popular singing sensation. Growing up, Selena was taught her schooling at home or in an area on the “set” of different shows she was involved in.
6 Ryan Gosling, Actor
Ryan Gosling is another The All-New Mickey Mouse Club member. He even lived with another member, Justin Timberlake, and his family for a few years while on the show. As a child, he was home-schooled by his own mother, and then later on was home-schooled because he did not have the time for traditional schooling. Ryan Gosling was considered "one of the 50 Hottest Bachelors,” by People Magazine.
5 Hayden Panettiere, Actress, Singer
The Nashville star, Hayden Panettiere, was born to be an actress. Or at least that’s what one would think, seeing that she started her career by doing television commercials when she was just eleven months old. Hayden was in the soap operas, One Life to Live and The Guiding Light, when she was only four years old. She played in television movies and was the role of the cheerleader in Heroes, back in 2006. She currently sings and acts in the television show, Nashville. Hayden was home-schooled after completing the eighth grade, and has been extremely successful in the process.
4 Venus and Serena Williams, Tennis Professionals
Venus and Serena Williams are known for their tennis expertise and earning many medals in the sport. Serena started homeschooling when she was very young. She wanted to focus on being the best she could be in the sport of tennis. Her sister, Venus, also was home-schooled from a young age, but ended up going back to school later on because she was interested in the world of fashion. She missed being in an actual school, and is happy that she chose to follow a fashion degree.
3 3 Former Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, suffered from a strong case of asthma, and was home-schooled most of his childhood years. He ended up attending Harvard, where he studied biology.
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was also taught from home. He actually had dyslexia, and was taught by his father who was a professor. He eventually attended Davidson College in North Carolina for a year, but due to health reasons, was only there for a year. He went to several other colleges; but proceeded to become president.
2 Kristen Stewart, Actress
At the age of thirteen, Kristen Stewart was highly involved in her acting career and eventually, she quit school and started learning from home. Apparently it was not that bad of an idea, seeing that she has been in several award-winning films; such as the Twilight series and Snow White. She had been out of school for over ten years, and is currently back in school, attending University of California Los Angeles, where she wants to earn a degree in English Literature.
1 Condoleeza Rice
During the terms of George W. Bush, the former president of the United States, people may remember the name Condoleeza Rice from many press conferences and news viewings while he was in charge. She served as his national security advisor during the first term, and was the first female African-American secretary of state (during his second term). Condoleeza has a very impressive resume; also working for George W. Bush’s father; George H.W. Bush, as an affairs advisor. She also works on polices in the middle east, was a professor at Stanford and according to Business Week, “In September 2010, Rice became a faculty member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy.”
Condoleeza grew up in a time where segregation was still in order, and even remembers hearing a bomb go off that killed a friend of hers when she was very young. After kindergarten, Condoleeza was too young to make it into the first grade, so she was home-schooled for a year before she went back to regular school. Her parents continued to help her out with studies; such as teaching her piano and foreign languages, while she was in a “normal” school. Even though she was home-schooled at a young age, Condoleeza Rice has proven that it does not matter where you go to school, as long as you have the determination, anyone can go far in life and make a difference.
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