What big names in history picked up knowledge outside the schoolhouse?
These are just a few of the many, many successful people who were wholly or partly educated at home. Keep this list on hand for when your parents or in-laws wonder out loud if home educating your children is a dead end.
Thomas Edison–invented the light bulb
Lewis Carroll–author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and professor of mathematics at Oxford
Francis Collins–leader of the Human Genome Project, director of the National Institutes of Health, helped discover the genes for cystic fibrosis and Huntington’s disease
Andrew Wyeth–painter, winner of the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Michelle Kwan–figure skater, Olympic medalist, five-time world champion, nine-time U.S. champion, TV sports commentator
Abigail Adams–gave John Adams some of his best ideas
Alexander Hamilton–created the American financial system, helped win the American Revolution, was the first Secretary of the Treasury, founded the Coast Guard, is on the 10-dollar bill, and is the subject of a Tony-winning musical
J.R.R. Tolkien–wrote some books you may have heard of, about a very popular piece of jewelry
Erik Demaine–youngest professor in the history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Agatha Christie–the world’s best-selling novelist
Ryan Gosling–actor (The Notebook, The Ides of March, The Big Short, Lars and the Real Girl)
Erwin Schrodinger–won the Nobel Prize in Physics, helped develop the field of quantum mechanics