Mar. 24th, 2014

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I wish I could make unschooling/homeschooling make sense to my in-laws and others. I get so much crap from my MIL especially about it, and especially since T is undecided about what the next direction will be. I found the following on (a href="http://mache.org/events/2403/04-11-2014/2014-conference-duluth") a Christian homeschooling conference site . I don't agree with the general tenor of the conference, as I am not interested in bringing religion into education, but I do like this list.

Throughout the course of history, many famous people have been homeschooled. These people have gone on to become artists, inventors, scientists, statesmen, writers, religious leaders, Supreme Court justices, musicians, and even American presidents.

For example, all four men depicted on Mount Rushmore --- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln --- were home educated men. Other home educated people that you may recognize are Sir Ernest Shackleton (explorer), Will Rogers (humorist), Florence Nightingale (nurse), Jim Ryan (Olympic silver-medalist runner), Sam Houston (president of Texas), Andrew Carnegie (industrialist), Walt Whitman (poet), C.S. Lewis (author), Samuel Clemons (author), John Philip Sousa (composer), Eli Whitney (inventor), Alexander Graham Bell (inventor), Sandra Day O'Connor (Supreme Court Justice), Douglas MacArthur (WWII general), Albert Einstein (genius inventor), Thomas Edison (inventor), and many, many more.

John Quincy Adams, the son of President John Adams, was a serious and studious child who learned strong Christian character and how to read and write from his mother Abigail; then as a young teen accompanied his father on extended diplomatic missions to Europe. Under the close tutelage of his father, he learned eight languages and, serving as his father's secretary, gained broad knowledge from study and travel, filling 51 volumes of diaries (15,000 pages) about the things he learned and observed. He served the United States as Secretary of State, President, and then Congressman; was instrumental in establishing the Smithsonian Institution; and fought against slavery until his death. Having experienced first hand the tumultuous history of our country's beginning, John Quincy Adams said, "You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."

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