Former ‘Counting On’ Stars Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Plan on Ditching yet Another Duggar Family Rule

The Duggars are usually good about sticking to Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s strict family rules, but not former Counting On stars Jill Duggar Derick Dillard. While they are committed to homeschooling their kiddos – following Jim Bob and Michelle’s lead – Dillard recently revealed that his sons will likely go to college. Here’s a look at how the couple plans on ditching yet another Duggar family rule.

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In the family’s original reality show, 19 Kids and Counting, we learned that Jim Bob and Michelle are all about homeschooling their children. Not only does this keep them away from the worldly influences of public schools, but it also enables them to build a curriculum that closely mirrors their conservative views.

Along with homeschooling, the Duggar parents don’t encourage their children to attend college, at least not openly.

But Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard seem to be bucking this family rule. Taking to Instagram, Dillard was recently asked about the chances that his sons, Samuel and Israel, will go to college.

In response, Dillard revealed that they will “probably” attend some kind of post-secondary schooling.

Dillard’s reply may surprise many Counting On fans, mostly because the Duggars rarely go against their family’s rules.

That said, Dillard signed up for classes at the University of Arkansas last year. According to Radar Online, he plans on getting a law degree, so his views on college are obviously different from the rest of the Duggars.

Will Jill Duggar stop homeschooling?

While Dillard is not opposed to his sons going to college, it is unlikely that he and Jill will stop homeschooling anytime soon.

In fact, Jill recently opened up about the merits of homeschooling and revealed that she is already planning a curriculum for her oldest son.

“Even when I was looking at homeschooling curriculum (yes, Israel just turned three but I’m just excited!), I was reminded of all the fun things my mom did with us kids to help make learning fun!”

When it comes to college, Dillard has taken Israel with him to campus. Dillard recently shared a photo of himself and Israel enjoying some along time at the university’s library.

Unfortunately, we won’t get any updates on Jill’s homeschooling skills unless she shares more on social media. Dillard was booted from Counting On after making disparaging remarks about Jazz Jennings, a trans star on another TLC show, on social media.

Jim Bob and Michelle have not said anything about Dillard’s latest remarks. The couple tends to remain quiet when it comes to Dillard, so we’re not holding our breaths.

Will any of the Duggars send their children to private school?

Homeschooling is clearly at the top of the list for the Duggars, but Dillard’s recent comments have left fans wondering if any of the Duggars will ever send their kids to private school.

For most of Jim Bob and Michelle’s children, the answer is a firm no. But there is one couple who might forge their own path.

Out of all of the Duggars, Jinger Duggar and her husband, Jeremy Vuolo, are probably the most likely to send their children to a proper school.

The couple recently moved to Los Angeles so that Vuolo could finish his Master’s degree at a local seminary. Apart from moving to the bright lights of L.A., Jinger has been known to break some family rules from time to time.

The couple has not said anything about their plans to homeschool their kids, though some fans are convinced that they might send them to a private Christian school.

Jim Bob and Michelle might not approve of private school, but it would definitely be easier for them to stomach than a public education. 

Inside Jim Bob and Michelle’s schooling philosophy

While most people cannot identify with the homeschool life, Jim Bob and Michelle have actually thought a lot about how they want to educate their children.

When 19 Kids and Counting was still a thing, Michelle revealed that her main goal was to teach her children all of the skills they need to succeed in life.

This did not always translate into a real education, but you have to give Michelle some credit because most of her children turned out okay in the end.

The new season of Counting On is scheduled to premiere in a few weeks on TLC.