Throughout Earth’s history, there has been a number of creative and innovative individuals who have changed the world. Besides the fact that they helped create the world into what it is today, they all have a special commonality, they were homeschooled! Yes, some of the greatest people on earth were homeschooled. Here are a few creative, innovative and talented homeschoolers who have managed to affect the world in a grand way.
Leonardo Da Vinci
An Italian Polymath who is considered to be one of the greatest inventors in world history. His areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, and cartography. No wonder he was claimed as the renaissance man in history. Most if not all of his work originated from his own research, observations and discoveries.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“A prolific and influential composer of the Classical era, born in Salzburg. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood.” His beautiful classical music is recognized all around the world. ” He learned quickly and was playing the harpsichord by age 4, composing music at age 5, and he performed his first recital at age 6 for the Empress of Austria. Mozart mastered both violin and organ by age 7, wrote his first symphony at age 9, and his first opera when he was 12″. He is considered a prodigy and all of his education originated from his home. Mozart never went to school and was taught by his father, a professional musician, and scholar.
An American professional surfer who survived a horrific shark attack in 2003 which left her left arm bitten off. The fact that her arm got bitten off is crazy, but what’s even crazier is that after the shark attack she victoriously returned to surfing! This passion and drive are greatly admired, to watch her story, check out the movie “Heart of a Soul Surfer”.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams
The Tennis champion sisters! They worked and worked for years as children perfecting their skills to what it has developed into today. As children, they were homeschooled. This early education choice allowed them to focus and harness their talents and passions as Tennis players without the influence of others. Serena and Venus Williams are ranked as some of the top Tennis players in America.
Also known as President Theodore Roosevelt, served as President of the United States (1901-1909). Before he was the 26th president he was the Vice President of the United States, under President William McKinley, but before he was Vice President of America he was the governor of New York, but before that, he was… Homeschooled! As a child, Theodore Roosevelt was homeschooled because of his illness, and asthma.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
An American writer who wrote a number of children novels, but the one she is most noted for his “The Little House on the Prairie book series” it was based on her childhood in a settler family
The most well known American inventor and businessman. He has created many inventions that have influenced life on earth. for example, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting practical electric light bulb. Homeschooling paved the way for Edison’s success. The first formal school he went to, he was belittled and put down causing him to storm out of school and pursue homeschooling.
A pioneer in the science and technology community. Although he did go to a boarding school his genius developed from his self-teaching. He taught himself mathematics and physics which aided him in miraculous discoveries about energy and matter, does E=Mc^2 sound familiar to you? He was the founder of this proven formula that (Energy=Mass x the speed of light). This formula has progressed the science community into wonders.
Alexander Graham Bell
A Scottish born scientist, innovator, inventor, and engineer. He researched hearing and speech, which later led him to experiment with hearing devices. This cumulated to him being awarded the first U.S patent for the telephone in 1876. This groundwork led to the spark of many other inventions, like aeronautics, Hydrofoil, and Free-space optical communications. If it weren’t for him we probably wouldn’t have the cell phone, and many other inventions.
“An American figure Skater who is a two-time Olympic medalist. five-time World champion and nine-time U.S. champion. She competed at a high level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history” Michelle Kwan started figure skating at a very young age, so homeschooling was a convenient decision. Homeschooling allowed Michelle Kwan to focus on her skills as a figure skater to later become one the best figure skaters of all time!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
America’s 32nd President (1933-1945), and arguably one of America’s best. Franklin D Roosevelt was President during the Great Depression, one of America’s hardest economic times in history. He helped the American people regain faith in themselves. Just like his cousin Theodore Roosevelt he was Homeschooled.
These individuals are just a few of the many greats who changed the world. Homeschooling offers an environment for students to hone and build on the things that make them great. There are many more great people in the world with exceptional potential, the key is building on what you feel you are good at. Be one of the greats, and change the world for the better. Whether it be an artist, an inventor, an engineer, a speaker, a writer, a singer, an actor, a skateboarder, a dancer, a clown, a teacher, The President. Whatever you want to be, take the time out to be great at it, you owe it to yourself, the world is counting on you.