Mental Floss is one of my favorite magazines and CNN pulled up one of last November’s articles below:
10 homeschooled celebrities – CNN.com April 23, 2009
Agatha Christie was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.
I think Thomas Edison would agree with that. From the article:
If Thomas Edison were around today, he would probably be diagnosed with ADD — he left public school after only three months because his mind wouldn’t stop wandering.
His mom homeschooled him after that, and he credited her with the success of his education: “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”
“Thomas Edison homeschool” has an abundance of google links, as many homeschoolers relate to his “wandering mind”.
One of many US homeschooled Presidents was highlighted in the article:
Woodrow Wilson studied under his dad, one of the founders of the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS).
He didn’t learn to read until he was about 12. He took a few classes at a school in Augusta, Georgia, to supplement his father’s teachings, and ended up spending a year at Davidson College before transferring to Princeton.
Mental Floss’ blog. has the article in their Quick 10 section. Comments are permitted and there are several already posted.