Most don’t homeschool their children intending them to become activists and changing the world in many ways, but often they grow up that way, and make huge differences.
Itzcuauhtli and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Environmentalists
These brothers, Itzcuauhtli and Xiuhtezcatl, are eco-hip-hop performers and youth directors of an international organization called Earth Guardians. Read: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Protecting the Environment and Indigenous Rights.
Jayden Foytlin, plaintive in Juliana v. U.S.
She is homeschooled, and therefore doesn’t know a lot of other kids. She admits to being high-strung, quitting softball because of how anxious she became when people looked at her in the batter’s box. At the same time, she is the tough, stubborn kid who, as a five-year-old, hung onto a sheep in a local rodeo “sheep busting” contest while far bigger kids fell off.
John and Elizabeth Edwards, Politician
Publicly, she spoke enthusiastically about homeschooling the kids, who became familiar figures as they clowned around on the campaign trail. She took them to playgrounds and to Target and referenced a “dying letter” that she was writing to her children that was really more of a guide to living than a somber missive.
Rebecca “Becky” Ogle, Disabilities Movement
Although she has acquired a reputation as a fighter who never retreats, Rebecca Ogle, the executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, isn’t just fighting for herself–she is hoisting the battle flag for the approximately 54 million people with disabilities in this country.
Reed Colfax, Legal Partner
Reed Colfax practices primarily in Civil Rights Litigation. He has extensive experience in representing individuals and organizations in housing, public accommodations, and employment discrimination cases. He is the son of David and Micki Colfax, who have documented their homeschool family in several books.
THE COLFAXES DIDN’T START TEACHING THEIR BOYS AT HOME TO GET THEM INTO HARVARD – BUT THAT’S WHAT HOMESCHOOLING ACCOMPLISHED!
For over fifteen years, David and Micki Colfax educated their children at home. They don’t think of themselves as pioneers, though that’s what they became. Unhappy with the public schools, the Colfaxes wanted the best education possible for their four sons: a program for learning that met the evolving needs of each child and gave them complete control of how and what their children learned. The results? A prescription for excellence-Harvard educations for their sons Grant, Drew, and Reed. (Their fourth son is still too young for college.)
Now the Colfaxes tell how all parents can become involved in homeschooling. In a straight-talking book that reads like a frank conversation among friends, they tell what they did and how they did it: their educational approaches, the lessons they learned, and what materials-books, equipment, educational aids-proved most useful over the years. Best of all, they show you how you can take charge of your children’s education-in an invaluable sourcebook that will help you find a rewarding and successful alternative to our failing schools.
Teresa Scanlan, Beauty Queen with a Cause
She was at home through her junior year of high school, when she attended Gering High School part-time. Her favorite subject? “Probably government and those [types of] classes.”
See also: Activism for Kids