6 Amazing People You May Not Have Known Were Homeschooled
In honor of the Southeast Homeschool Expo coming to the Cobb Galleria Centre this week, here are some of our most well-known products of a home-school education!
Serena and Venus Williams
Tennis superstars Serena and Venus were both home-schooled through elementary and junior high school. Parents Richard Williams and Oracene Price wanted the girls to focus on their training in tennis from an early age. As the two continued to grow, so did their skills on the tennis court. In 2012, both took home Wimbledon titles, adding to a long list of other wins for the duo.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart’s father Leopold was also a famous musician and composer, and made sure his son’s education was among the best. Mozart was already expressing rich musical talent at a young age, and accompanied his father to concert halls throughout Europe, learning the ways of the masters. His early training and experience in the musical world is what would later lead him to compose some of the greatest pieces of all time.
In school, Thomas Edison was famously ridiculed at the age of seven by a teacher for being “addled” and unable to think clearly. After three months, his mother withdrew him from school and resolved to teach Edison from home. Edison would later become one of the most famous inventors of all time, creating the first microphone, telephone receiver, phonograph, and, of course, the incandescent electric light!
Born into a wealthy family in New York City, Theodore Roosevelt was home-schooled until attending Harvard University and then serving on the New York state legislature. As the first president of the 20th century, Roosevelt is sometimes referred to as the first modern president, even insisting on the importance of documenting the presidency through film.
Agatha Christie had a unique upbringing in the early 1900s, being home-schooled by her American father and having a mother with excellent story-telling abilities. Although her mother did not want her daughter to learn to read until the age of 8, Christie soon grew bored in her family home and taught herself to read at the age of 5. Today, Christie is best known for her 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections, and the world’s longest-running-play The Mousetrap.