It seems like every homeschooling parent and student can recite from memory a list of famous homeschoolers. George Washington, Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, Charles Dickens, Sandra Day O’Conner… the list goes on and on. As a kid, I even had a t-shirt featuring a long list of homeschooled names and faces – which, I might add, I wore proudly!
This was before homeschooling was as mainstream as it is today, and it was nice to have a list of successful homeschoolers to point to when people questioned your family’s educational choice.
While the accomplishments of these historical figures can’t be overemphasized, there are quite a few more recent examples of successful homeschoolers – including some of the most famous entertainers in Hollywood.
They may be household names, but these young celebrities chose homeschooling for some of the same reasons as millions of other American families: flexibility, bullying, religion, and learning difficulties, to name just a few.
A seven-time Grammy-award winner, Taylor Swift began her musical career at the age of 14. That didn’t leave much time for school, so the teen star opted to be homeschooled. In 2007, Swift told CMT: “My home schooling has been a great experience. I feel like I've had the best senior year possible. It's awesome that I've been able to stay on the same path to graduating that I would've been on if I'd stayed in high school. I'm going to graduate this year, and I'm so excited about that. My education was always a big deal to me, and I'm so glad home schooling allowed me to keep it up.”