According to the 2020 U.S. Department of Education, around 3.4% of American students are homeschooled, and that number is rising every year. That small percentage of parents opt to teach their children at home for numerous reasons, including a more lax curriculum, to avoid bullies, or because their child is already making strides in a high-profile career.
While most parents decide to send their kids to public or private schools, various entertainers, inventors, and even government officials prove that success can happen without a stereotypical education. Don’t believe us? Allow Sandra Day O’Connor, Alexander Graham Bell, and more to prove otherwise!
Tim Tebow Is The First Homeschooler To Win A Heisman
Former professional football player and now professional baseball player Tim Tebow has never been shy about the fact that he was homeschooled. Growing up, his parents wanted all of their children to have an in-home education due to their faith. And now he’s honored to be the only homeschooler to ever win a Heisman Trophy.
When asked how he felt about receiving the award, Tebow said, “A lot of times people have this stereotype of homeschoolers as not very athletic – it’s like, go win a spelling bee or something like that – it’s an honor for me to be the first one to do that.”