Famous minds, bee champions among notable homeschoolers


In recent years homeschoolers have made headlines as champions of the national Scripps Spelling Bee and the National Geographic Bee. The first home-schooled winner in the spelling bee came in 1997, and since then six of the 11 winners have been home-schooled. The geographic competition crowned its first homeschooler in 1989, and since then homeschoolers have logged five of 10 championships, plus one from a private school.

They also score higher on college entrance exams, which also may explain why universities have begun to actively recruit home-school graduates, a population previously shunned by many admissions offices.

Those involved with home schooling say students are perfect candidates for college since they are already trained in self-directed learning. Research has shown that homeschoolers keep pace and often academically exceed their counterparts while in college.

California colleges rated and listed by HSLDA as accepting homeschoolers include San Diego Christian College, Azusa Pacific, Biola, California Christian College, Westmont, Pepperdine, Patten, Pacific Union, Hope International, Chapman, Thomas Aquinas College, LIFE Bible College, Pomona College and Shasta Bible College and most CSU campuses, including San Diego State, and the UC campuses in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Berkeley and Davis. Stanford University. Four of the eight Ivy League schools—Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, Cornell and Brown—also accept homeschoolers,

In addition to saving taxpayers—estimated by Dr. Brian D. Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, at $16 billion annnually—society further benefits from homeschoolers as they become adults. According to his research, home-educated adults are more likely than their publicly educated peers to be involved in community service, vote and attend public meetings.

They can be engineers, artists, judges and presidents. Among the most famous homeschoolers you can find the Wright Brothers, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Winston Churchill, George Washington Carver, John Newton, Booker T. Washington, George Patton, Composers Irving Berlin and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles and John Wesley, Sandra Day O'Connor, Astronaut Sally Ride, humorist Will Rogers, playwright Noel Coward, artists Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet, Red Cross founder Clara Barton, writers Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis and George Bernard Shaw, Joan of Arc and U.S. Presidents John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, James Madison, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, John Tyler, George Washington and Woodrow Wilson.

To learn more about homeschooling and to find more resources, visit these sites:
• www.hslda.org

• www.cheaofca.org