Jill Duggar’s Husband, Derick Dillard, Is Getting Super Involved With Their Son’s Public School

Those who’ve followed Jill Duggar might be familiar with the ongoing saga that’s happening with the rest of her family. According to Derick Dillard, Jill’s husband, Jill’s on the outs with her father, Jim Bob Duggar. And Jill continues to make decisions for her family that totally go against what the Duggars believe.

Jill and Derick decided to send their son, Israel, to public school — and they’re the first Duggars to take this step. Now, Derick is getting even more involved with Israel’s schooling. Here’s what’s going on.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard sent their son, Israel, to public school

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While Derick attends law school currently, Jill was homeschooled her entire life and never went to college or university for higher education. But everything’s changing with their son, Israel. Jill and Derick announced months ago that they’d be sending Israel to public kindergarten — and the big day finally arrived.

“Happy first day of school for these two!” Jill captioned her Instagram post showing off Israel with his backpack and bright smile. “1st day of Kindergarten for Israel and 1st day of last year of law school for Derick!” 

Jill keeps her fans apprised with what it’s been like getting Israel prepped for school, too. She took her fans on a shopping journey via video, and on Aug. 31, she posted another video to her Instagram Story showing off more thrift store finds she’s bringing home so that Israel can have new clothes to head to kindergarten in.

Derick announced he’s taking part in the public school system

It looks like Derick’s ultra-supportive of sending his kids to public school as well. And he even took to Twitter to announced that he’s going to actively participate in Israel’s school by joining the parent-teacher organization.

“I never thought I’d see the day, but I’m officially a member of the PTO at my kid’s school,” Derick tweeted. “Does that make me a grown-up now?!”

We’re not sure the exact role Derick will be taking in the organization. But parent-teacher groups typically offer more support to the schools and teachers for continued success with children’s’ education.

According to the National Parent Teacher Organization, parent groups “fulfill the important duty they hold as the overall part ensuring a positive school experience for our children.” And we have a feeling Derick may have plenty of input regarding how he wants his kids to learn and grow in the public school system.

Duggar family critics are impressed by Derick

Derick Dillard visits 'Extra' at their New York studios
Derick Dillard visits ‘Extra’ at their New York studios | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

It looks like Duggar family critics are impressed with how much Derick is stepping up to the plate. Some Reddit users think he could be pivoting toward a future in school administration, too.

“I’m actually slightly impressed by that,” one Reddit user commented. “Most small town PTOs are over run by the stay at home moms. Betting he’s probably the treasurer with his accounting degree. I’m a CPA and automatically get thrown into those roles all the time.”

“I’m hoping against hope that this is the beginning of a fruitful career in public school education for the Dillards,” another wrote. “Maybe he will divert towards school administration.”

However, others are wary of the changes that Derick might suggest.

“On one hand, being on the PTO is a good step for them to be involved in the secular community and more committed to the public school education,” another Reddit user wrote. “On the other … well, hopefully they aren’t trying to force their beliefs on anyone. They aren’t fundies, but still conservative Christians as far as we know.”

We’re hoping Derick will enact some positive change in the school system with his suggestions as a member of the parent-teacher organization. And we’re excited to hear more!

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