Homeschooling is on the rise in the United States and the movement has an unlikely new face: Tim Tebow. He is now writing homeschool curriculum and inspirational books with the hopes to inspire homeschooled kids to dream big.
Tebow was born in the Philippines where his parents were Baptist missionaries. When they returned to the United States, the Tebows continued to homeschool their children while Tim was able to play football at a local high school. For them, homeschooling was a way to instill their values into education.
“The wanted us to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic, but that wasn’t No. 1,” Tebow told ESPN’s Jessica Mendoza, who also homeschools her children. “They wanted us to learn work ethic and dedication.”
Tebow’s school was a mix of chores on the family farm, Bible study, and athletics at a local school. The diverse and specific education helped Tebow, who is dyslexic and may have struggled in a traditional classroom.
Tebow doesn’t like the homeschool a stereotype- uncool and unathletic- and hopes to show that homeschooled kids can be both great athletes and cool kids. He hopes his new book, Know Who You Are, Live Like It Matters, will help create a positive change while homeschooling numbers in the US continue to rise.