He’s always been good at making his opinion known. Counting On alum Derick Dillard clapped back at someone who claimed on Instagram that his kids with Jill Duggar — Israel and Samuel Dillard — won’t go to college one day. Derick, 30, shared a photo of Israel, 4, posing with the mascot from his own alma mater and wrote, “We had a great time hanging out with Pistol Pete this afternoon! Israel loved it and may end up being the first three-Pete! First generation: 1976-78; Second generation: 2009-11; Third generation: ?-? Thanks, Mima @cldilla for the tickets! #legacy #gopokes.”

Someone in the replies then commented on the possibility of his elder son ever stepping into the role he once held, “Sadly, that won’t happen.” Their response was likely due to the fact that the Duggar kids have almost entirely avoided traditional higher education and many fans assume the same will happen with their children. However, Derick replied, “True, it may not happen if he ends up being an Arkansas Razorback instead. I guess that would be OK … as long as he’s not a sooner LOL.” (Referring to the Oklahoma Sooners football program, which is rivals with Derick’s university, Oklahoma State.)

israel dillard posing with pistol pete mascot
Courtesy of Derick Dillard/Instagram

Someone else commented on the same post, “Oh wow! Will your kids attend college?” and Derick responded to them as well, but simply wrote, “Probably.” So he wasn’t as snarky that time and still made it clear that he thinks its a possibility. But it’s obvious that a lot of people were questioning the idea because there were similar replies like, “You’d send Israel to a regular university?” and “Will you allow your kids to attend public school?”

The Duggars don’t generally attend college in the traditional sense.  Michelle Duggar once revealed that some of the kids take courses through a program called CollegePlus, but that’s not really the same as attending an institution like OSU like Derick did. He is also currently in law school, and his brother-in-law, Jeremy Vuolo, is pursuing a degree in pastoral ministry after attending Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York and graduating from Syracuse University. So, maybe there’s hope yet for the next generations of Duggars!

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