Jill Duggar’s husband, Derick Dillard, has big dreams for his son. However, he’s going to have to fight Duggar tradition to make them come true.
In a recent Instagram post, Derick Dillard dropped a big hint about what he wants his son Israel to do with his life after the Dillard family returns from their long-term mission trip. No one in Jill Duggar’s family has ever attended a secular college, but Derick definitely seems open to allowing Israel to pursue a higher education at a school where he’ll be exposed to plenty of people who don’t share the Duggars’ extreme, cult-like religious beliefs. You can check out the 19 Kids and Counting star’s thoughts about Israel’s future below.
This isn’t the first time Jill Duggar’s husband has hinted that he wants Israel to go to college. According to Us Weekly, Derick Dillard seems hopeful that Israel will decide to follow in his footsteps by attending Oklahoma State University and becoming the school’s mascot, Pistol Pete. Derick’s dad also rocked Pistol Pete’s massive head and orange chaps.
According to the Duggar Family Blog, Jill Duggar’s parents aren’t the biggest fans of secular colleges. They prefer for their kids to stay at home and take classes online through the CollegePlus! program. Joseph Duggar is the only Duggar who has left home for school, and he’s enrolled at The Crown College of the Bible in Knoxville, Tennessee. This isn’t a nationally accredited college, and its fields of study are very limited. Based on the Duggars’ announcement about Joseph’s “higher learning,” he’s pursuing the school’s “Biblical Studies degree.”
“Joseph turned 20 on the 20th! He is such a great, diligent young man,” Joseph’s proud parents wrote. “He typically gets up early at 5 am and prays and studies his Bible for over an hour. Joseph has just started going to Crown Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee. He loves teaching and discipling young men, encouraging them to make wise choices in their lives. God is going to use Joseph in a mighty way to share His love and Bibleprinciples [sic] to today’s world!”
According to Patheos, the Duggars are followers of Bill Gothard’s Advanced Training Institute (ATI) homeschooling program. ATI is a religious organization, and it teaches that “college attendance is problematic” for children. Once upon a time, Jill Duggar wanted to go to college to become a nurse. However, she eventually prayed that dream away (likely with the guidance of her protective parents).
“I had been considering attending nursing school for a while, but the timing of it all wasn’t working out, and I spent a lot of time in prayer, trying to figure out where God was leading me.” Jill wrote in a 2013 TLC blog post. “Eventually, through my work with the local midwives, the door opened for me to enter into a distance-learning midwifery training program in Texas. This program, after about 3 1/2 years of schooling, would give me the education I need to become a licensed, Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Jill Duggar still hasn’t obtained her lay midwife license. It’s possible that she gave up on this pursuit after she and Derick decided that that they were leaving the country for a lengthy mission trip.
Even if Jill had decided to pursue her dream of become a nurse, it could have proved difficult for her to get into college — ATI graduates have revealed that the homeschooling program’s teachings are shockingly inaccurate. For example, Salon reports that ATI students are informed that “semen gives you cancer.”
If Derick Dillard really wants his son to play college basketball someday, maybe he shouldn’t let Jill Duggar homeschool Israel.
[Image credit: Jill Duggar/Instagram]