Another day, another WTF comment from Derick Dillard. The former Counting On star — who was fired from the hit TLC show last year — took to his favorite platform (Twitter, obvi) to defend the decision for Jill Duggar to homeschool their sons. “Many homeschoolers not only have the same opportunities but exceed their peers,” he wrote. Unfortunately, not everyone agreed with him.
“I have the blessing of having a wife who is willing to school them at home,” he wrote on Sept. 14. “Many homeschoolers not only have the same opportunities, but exceed their peers.”
I have the blessing of having a wife who is willing to school them at home. Many homeschoolers not only have the same opportunities, but exceed their peers.
— Derick Dillard (@derickmdillard) September 14, 2018
Yet this isn’t the first time a member of the famous family was slammed for their homeschool practices. Back in July, Derick’s “wifey” revealed she rewards Israel, 3, with candy. The 27-year-old told fans in a YouTube clip that she has a “treasure box” filled with sugary sweets to give to her son after he completes his work.
The Duggars use Advanced Training Institute, also known as ATI, to educate their youngsters. The program describes itself as a “Biblically-based home education program for families who desire to raise up sons and daughters who are ‘mighty in Spirit’ and able to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”
However, the program is not widely regarded by the public as a good way to educate children. Earlier this year, fans were concerned that Josie was behind her classmates after holding up an assignment that appeared to be below her grade level.
One reddit user commented at the time, “Oh no, looking at this photo and the page in that book feels awkward because I teach kids Josie’s age ??.” A second added, “This is the level of work I did with delayed K and 1st grade kids. Obviously, we used a whole scheme of tools and used research-based practice. I actually did more advanced work with kids with considerable delays at age 6. This would be something a more severely disabled student would be working on at that age.”
Luckily it seems as though Josie is doing better these days. And although we certainly hope her cousins Izzy and SamSam will be able to go to law school if they wish, with Jill as their teacher, we’re just not so sure.
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