Dina Lohan confirms Ali is being home-schooled

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There’s nothing to worry about with Ali Lohan’s education, y’all. The 15-year-old Ali is being home-schooled, so says mother-of-the-year Dina Lohan. Some were concerned when it seemed like Ali was skipping a lot of school to … you know, to go hang out in Hawaii and go shopping with her sister and stuff. It turns out we shouldn’t have worried, Dina’s taking care of everything. Except that there’s no mention of an actual tutor, so I’m guessing Dina is actually doing Ali’s school lessons herself. Mother of God.

Celebu-sibling Ali Lohan’s taking a serious time out with her big sis Lindsay … but shouldn’t she be in school?

From an extended vacation in Hawaii to red carpets in L.A., the 15-year-old Lohan has been her sister’s favorite post-break-up accessory, leaving many to wonder whether she’s been skipping class for the past, oh, nine days.

But relax, hall monitors: Dina Lohan says she’s got it covered.

“She is home schooled,” Dina Lohan tells the Daily News. “I’m a firm believer in staying in school but, in the business, it’s gotten difficult for Ali to be in school.”

The younger Lohan started studying from home after leaving her Long Island school earlier this year – and she’s using the same program Lindsay took up after starring in “Mean Girls.”

School is “a little tougher for Ali,” says Dina of her youngest daughter, who complained about classroom bullies during an episode of “Living Lohan.”

The aspiring singer, who modeled Lindsay’s hand-me-downs from an ’07 MTV appearance alongside her sis in Los Angeles on Monday, has repeatedly said she wants to be just like her famous sibling.

“I grew up watching Lindsay, and it made me want to do what she does,” she told Teen Vogue last year. “Just the whole vibe. Being there, being on camera, or onstage, with everybody listening to you … it’s so cool when people look up to you.”

While Ali is currently making the rounds with her troubled sis, Dina insists she’s not trying to make her little girl grow up too fast.

“People are saying I took Ali to a club, which is absurd,” she said, addressing recent reports. “I don’t go to clubs and I wouldn’t take a 15-year-old to one.”
Lindsay, on the other hand …

[From The New York Daily News]

So, yes, we can now assume that Ali Lohan will officially be more screwed up than her sister. I’ve really had enough with this whole family, but stories like this actually renew my sympathy for Lindsay and Ali. They really didn’t even have a chance, did they? With that mother, they could only be this way.

I do have something against home-schooling in general, because I tend to think that everyone has a rotten time in school, so suck it up. I had to, now you should too. But I acknowledge there are some circumstances that home-schooling is better and/or more beneficial for a kid. This is not one of those times. Dina Lohan has pulled Ali out of school to hang out on the beach and audition for porn directors.

Here are Ali and Lindsay shopping in Hollywood on April 21st. Images thanks to WENN.com .

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  1. teehee says:

    “I had to so you should too”?? Geez. Thats no reason to be against homeschooling, its more a reason to be against public.
    But go ahead and be jealous 🙂 I was homeschooled and I had a ball. The reasons for it though were strictly academic- so we could work at our own pace and with textbooks we could best learn from. Sometimes its all in the book, not the subject. (And yes I am fine, Ive already graduated from a university in the US and am now awaiting acceptance into a masters program here in Germany) so dont go saying we’re dumb LOL

  2. Tia C says:

    Kaiser, I feel you. But you know that now you’re going to have all the homeschooling freaks with their panties in a twist… Exhibit A: #1 there. What I get from what you’re saying is it’s probably not the best option for Ali. With that mother, those Lohan kids need as much structure as possible. Taking Ali out of school just doesn’t sound wise.

  3. kai says:

    I think Ali could be really pretty if she, I don’t know, wasn’t herself.

  4. Annie says:

    Not a fan of home-schooling myself. Yes, I understand some circumstances require it. But it’s important for children to interact with each other, it’s healthy, teaches social skills and tougher skins.

  5. anon says:

    lawd, every time I hear a quote from Ali on her desire for fame, I cringe.

    It’s not “I want to be a singer” or “I want to be a famous actress”…

    It’s always just an “I want to be famous” quote. but no word on what she wants to be famous FOR.

    I got nothing against home-schooling, IF the kids are actually being schooled. If they have some type of structure, etc….this one clearly doesn’t.

  6. Patrice says:

    “Homeschooled” riiiight. And Ali DOESN’T have breast implants either (they, like Lindsay’s literally just magically sprouted up overnight). Dina Lohan should be psychiatrically evaluated. Actually, she should have been a loooong time ago.

  7. Patrice says:

    “People are saying I took Ali to a club, which is absurd,I don’t go to clubs and I wouldn’t take a 15-year-old to one.”
    You know, for someone who “never goes to clubs” she sure is photograped in them a lot! I remember when some brave reporter brought this up to Dina once and she changed her tune to something like ‘well, I brought (teenaged) Lindsay to one for business purposes and that was it’. God, someone please get this woman help.

  8. neelyo says:

    Exactly, anon. She doesn’t want to act or sing, she wants to be famous. Ali wants to bypass all that boring training stuff and just start walking the red carpet and have everyone listen to her.

    She can’t sing a lick and I can’t imagine her acting’s much better. I put on ‘Lohan Holiday’ to torture my boyfriend. And whatever happened to that remake of Troll or whatever it was she was supposed to star in?

  9. coocoo says:

    Its sad how desperate Ali is to be famous. Especially when you look at Lindsay. She is such a train wreck. I’m embarrassed for her cuz clearly she is clueless.

  10. cherryblossom says:

    Homeschoolers aren’t all bad…I started out that way (K-5) because my family lived in a bad district. Of course my uncle, who did all of our homeschooling, was a teacher by profession. And, by the way, homeschooled children DO get socialized. They do things like sports, or the community drama club, or some sort of hobby. Depending on the area, there are also regular meetings via the homeschooling association. Please stop being shitheads about something you know nothing about. Homeschooling can be a very healthy, successful situation.

    In this case…well, Ali would be better off learning Algebra from a dog. I mean, her mother can’t even figure out Twitter. And there’s been photos of Dina clubbing with Lindsay before, right?

    It seems her goal is of the Paris Hilton variety.

  11. lrm says:

    well,not to defend mother lohan,b/c,well,yea,she’s not mother of the year…
    BUT,homeschooling takes alot less time-people always think i’m sitting with my 8 yr old for 6.5 hrs a day-if you do the research,you find that the same work can be covered in about 2 hrs per week! I mean the whole 5 days,full time,worth of school hours can be done in 2 hrs. Most of ‘school’ is discipline,administrative work [passing out papers],etc. And,frankly,it’s alot of group think. That’s the plan;it’s supposed to suck,so that you are ready for your cubicle and are Pavlovian trained for the bells and breaks and time cards. Look up http://www.johntaylorgatto. com and check out the underground history of american education. [before you rant,he is a former 30 yr middle school teacher in harlem,voted NYC teacher of the year just before he quit. The man is beyond brilliant,as well,and knows what he’s talking about.]
    Regardless,the point of homeschooling is flexibility-there are many types of homeschoolers,and many reasons why people do; and taking a vacation in the middle of the year is one of the perks. And I’m sure most of the child stars out there have tutors.
    OK,so this does not mean Ali is getting the best homeschooling out there. BUT,just b/c she’s having a week off ‘gasp!’ in the middle of ‘May’-double gasp! [how dare anyone mess with the bible like ‘school year calendar’???? OMG!!!!],does NOT mean she does not have a tutor or do school work.

  12. Larissa says:

    nice pockets Ali!


  13. I Choose Me says:

    First time I’ve seen Ali look her age. Her face looks really pretty in the header pic. I think it’s because she’s not wearing pounds of makeup.

  14. teehee says:

    Thanks cherryblossom. Yeah I was gonna remark in my first comment “Dina? No.” I myself am against Dina being in charge of it. Hopefully she hires tutors or something- clearly she can’t do it right even though it isnt difficult at all.

  15. WhoCares says:

    dina: “Ali, this is called a stripper pole. Can you say s-t-r-i-p-p-e-r- p-o-l-e?”

  16. Wench. says:

    Ali is 15? My word, child, put on some clothes. I may only be 6 years older but her thighs are screaming ‘INAPPROPRIATE’ right in my face.

  17. KelBear says:

    I hate the whole pockets hanging out of the shorts look. And Ali’s is more like where are the shorts to go with the pockets.

  18. Homeschool could work for those that are qualified to teach. Education is imporant and I hope she remembers this will be more imporant than any acting/singing/fame gig and to focus on studies.

  19. bagladey says:

    Homeschooled!? Yes. Uhhmmm. Okay.

  20. Ana says:

    i dont think this article was meant to bash homeschooling to those who take it that way, its more pointing out that hey we seriously doubt dina is homeschooling her and homeschooling doesnt work for everyone

  21. texasmom says:

    I know a lot of successful homeschooling families. My kids are at a charter school, and I’ve met a lot of formerly homeschooled kids who have come back to school at our school. And some of them end up leaving to go back to it, too. I know a lot of families who have homeschooled because their kids are highly gifted and the schools just can’t/won’t cope with that.

    But I’ve also met HORRIBLE homeschooling families. . .one who did it because she didn’t think she’d be able to get the kids to school on time in the morning. If you can’t get your act together enough to get your kiddos to school, then good luck assembling a useful curriculum and getting your kids to do the work! This seems like the Dina model. Getting Ali to school isn’t convenient for their hectic lifestyle. Not likely they’ve undertaken all the steps they need to get her educated at home.

    I’ve met in-between families where the kids definitely get a good education but there is definitely a vibe of the family being too insular or combative to get along. Ones where the mom is homeschooling because she needs complete control over what gets into her kids’ heads. (One is planning to arrange her sons’ marriages when they get to that age, too!)

  22. TinaWithPom says:

    The overall state and quality of our public schools is abysmal. I can totally understand why families choose to homeschool their children.

    Dina, however, seems to be only doing the “home” part of homeschooling, completely forgetting the latter and more important part.

    And maybe not even that. Ali is usually out and about, isn’t she?

  23. dirtyoldman says:

    “She is home schooled,” Dina Lohan tells the Daily News. “I’m a firm believer in staying in school but, in the business, it’s important for Ali to support us while she’s still young and fresh.

    Fixed that for ya.

  24. LOL says:

    That header pic pretty much says it all.

  25. SRG says:

    People who bash homeschooling really have no clue what it is about. They are showing ignorance. Research before you bash please.

    I am a highly educated mother of three who homeschools. My kids are gifted, and homeschooling allows them to learn at a much faster pace than public school. They tried public school, and the amount they learned was completely silly. Yes, they are socialized. They get plenty of interaction in sports and other extra curricular activities. The other homeschool moms that I know also have degrees…so do some research before you bash, Celebitchy.

  26. Hieronymus Grexx says:

    There’s every reason to be against homeschooling when an idiot like Dina Lohan is in charge.

  27. LOL says:

    Beyond middle school, there are very, very, very few homeschooled children who can achieve the level of study in science and math offered in traditional school settings. Once you bring in the tutors, it’s time to let your children experience the world with their peers.
    Unless there is a health or safety reason, most homeschooled kids are kept out of the norm for religious or control issues by their parents.
    For the 20 “exceptional” homeschooled children you hear about scoring high on standardized tests, there are thousands left behind because of their parents’ fears. A few sports matches or girl scouts during the week can’t compare to a full school day (and extracurriculars) functioning in a micro-society to prepare them for the overwhelming experience of college and society-at-large.
    Chances are your advanced degrees aren’t in education OR every subject a child needs to know to graduate from high school. That’s why schools have many teachers for many classes. You are entitled to choose that for your child, but it sure doesn’t make them superior in any way, so stop acting like you deserve a medal because of your choice.

  28. Justalark says:

    @ LOL: Your points about homeschooling were the most logical, well-thought comments of the group who responded.

    I have completed Masters and Doctoral programs in English (both writing and literature), and I currently teach on the university level. Even with my long and extensive background in education, I would never presume to think that I was qualified to teach ALL subjects to my children; I respect the years of training and experience that enable traditional school teachers to teach with authority on subjects like Physics, Calculus, Foreign Languages, etc.

    It is very arrogant for parents to think that they have the background to compete with qualified teachers who have specialized knowledge in very specific areas. Furthermore, traditional students learn to interact in a cooperative community which cannot be compared to learning while isolated at home.

    I believe that parents who homeschool do so for their own agenda; they may believe that they have their children’s best interests at heart, but they do not have the pedagogical skills or knowledge to replace tradionally-trained teachers. A few exceptional home-schooled children may go on to college and do well, but many more do not have the social skills or self discipline necessary to succeed at the university level.

  29. teehee says:

    It’s worth noting that the difficulty level should have been mastered by the parent teaching– ie, it doesnt go beyond highschool. So assuming the parent teaching the child wasnt a drop out at grade school level, the subjects are easily taught.
    I also mentioned before that its all in the textbook, too. I did my learning by myself using the textbooks– I NEVER was tutored or received lessons from my mother/parents; it was all book based learning by myself. Not that my mom couldnt have done it- she isnt a highschool drop out moron or something who doesnt know 10th grade algebra.
    Again, I am fine; I graduted and am pursuing a masters and hopefully a PhD (depending on the opportunities it would afford mein the future).
    Socially, its a joke what is considered ‘socialization’, in my opinion- I see the public setting creating academically apathetic and socially self-destructive youths/people- consider the horrible environent and the influences a public school brings. (10 and 11 year olds having sex in the bathrooms??) If that is socialization, I sure am glad I was not “properly socialized”. I’m happy I’m not an ADHD who cares more about chatting on my cell phone and applying my makeup in lectures or going out to bars than about studying for my final exam or writing my papers.
    People who know me personally say I am one of the deepet persons they’ve met, very old soul and mature. I make true and lasting friendships with people of all ages and am a very happy person with a great network and interests.
    Of course, my ranting doesnt do me any favors LOL but hey it always irritates me when people talk so much smack and spread this idea suggesting that I am somehow flawed for what has been a great blessing and opportunity that I took full advantage of and greatly benefitted from.
    Its completely backwards to assume that public schooling has an advantage in terms of teaching self-discipline. The switch from hoeschool to college was zero— because lecures are only a small part of learning in college. the rest is upto YOU as a student to study and work at home between classes. You cant pass just by attending- so there’s where the homeschooling background gives us an advantage in college, actually.
    As for science and math, my HS graduating SAT showed I was right on target in math (range 530-590 I scored 560). There is no science on the SAT so the Stanford test from one year earlier shows I was “PHS” instead, meaning post high school level (EVERY subject I tested put me at PHS at 13 years old. My average percentiles ranged from 71 to 87% ABOVE the NATIONAL averages in all subjects. Far from ‘behind’).

    PS thanks for implicitly labeling me exceptional LOL.

  30. JohnnieR says:

    “It turns out we shouldn’t have worried, Dina’s taking care of everything. Except that there’s no mention of an actual tutor, so I’m guessing Dina is actually doing Ali’s school lessons herself. Mother of God.”


    “I do have something against home-schooling in general, because I tend to think that everyone has a rotten time in school, so suck it up. I had to, now you should too.”

    LOL! Bravo! I see the writing style of these articles is getting spicier, saucier, and without a doubt, funnier, without being too vulgar.

    I LOVE IT! Keep it up.

  31. LOL says:

    TeeHee, thank you for making my point– your rant is all about YOU and YOUR choices and opinions and personal experiences you were permitted to have (with very little about their effect on your children. Remember them? They’re the ones whose whole lives will be affected once you’ve reached your educational Peter Principle) and how every word ever written on the subject is automatically TeeHee-o-centric.

    Very little of high school is “lecture”, and it’s the entire experience of a school environment (public, private, montessori, whatever) to which we are speaking, not strictly academics. The ONLY advantage of home-schooling is the one-on-one attention, and without context or proper educational training on the part of the “teacher”, it’s a weak advantage.

    Your kids are in for a rude awakening.

  32. the original kate says:

    i know three seperate families with homeschooled kids, (7 kids in all ranging in age from about 10 – 19)and all the kids are bright, interesting to talk with and exceptionally creative. they are also very friendly and very social, and a bit more mature than other kids their age. they are able to think for themselves and learn on their own, which is a lot more than some public school kids. the 18 & 19 year olds are now in college (with scholarships), are doing great and have adjusted well to living in the dorms. for those bashing homeschooling, i think it really depends on the kids, and on the parents.

    now, having said all that, obviously the idea of dina lohan homeschooling anyone is ridiculous. that woman isn’t smart enough to train a parrot.

  33. teehee says:

    LOL, I am 25, no kids. I said nothing of homeschooling anyone; I am only trying to demonstrate that assuming a homeschooled person CANT even do what millions of people do each semester– get into college- is an extremely insulting assumption hardly based on fact. I am not calling myself or anything about me exceptional– the others commentors are, in a very rude way to say the least.

    You are projecting your own thoughts into what I wrote; I made NO mention of ‘my’ children.
    If I DO have children, though, I will be attune enough to know if they are happy or successful in whatever academic environment I choose to let them ‘tryout’, and can adjust according to their needs and wants. That is WHY I was homeschooled– I personally preferred it as a kid and did better– my mom made the decision based on my wishes, NOT HERS. She actually allowed us to go back to publi school in the 9th grade to see if we wanted to be there, and the answer was a resounding no.
    I wont be so rigid to think that the only way they can be happy, too, is by being in traditional school settings, ie, thinking a la LOL.

    Basically the point of all this nonsense is- you cannot generalize from any one homeschool kids’ experience. Because my parents gave us a choice of what to do, it doesnt mean that all parents will.
    Likewise, some parents do NOT offer that choice to their children (just as some of the kids do NOT do well in homeschool and others absolutely excel, etc etc etc)– ie, stop being so “LOL-o-centric” to think that all homeschool kids are destined to be miserable failures under the dictation of their incompetent parents, who magically cant read out of a Teacher’s Edition of a textbook like all other “qualified” teachers/professors can do.

    Well I always know that to argue in favor of HS is a waste of energy, because no one wants to listen and they use everything you say to further their argument against it– but if there are enough ‘sh&theads’ bashing it, as someone else pointed out, there might as well be at least one sh&thead [me] who SUPPORTS it ROFL!! 😀

    ….’my kids’… HA!! And why did they have to come up with that ‘no child left behind’ slogan for the entire public school system, anyway, if its as great as people want to argue?

    Yes, it really depends on the child, teachers, texts, environment- there is no single answer for all.

  34. Oregon says:

    To Justalark: Homeschoolers do succeed. A high number of them. I am not surprised your graduate work is in education (perhaps you should have diversified). This is K-high school we are talking about. Not college. How hard is high school to teach? And if it were hard for a person, do you think they would even attempt homeschooling? No. Of course homeschoolers function well in society. For a highly educated person, you sure do stereotype.

    Public school a cooperative community? Yah, right. Didn’t they tell you about thinking outside of the box in college?

  35. texasmom says:

    One reason you hear anecdotes about successful homeschoolers is that most of America’s supergeniuses are being homeschooled — because our school system coughs up geniuses like undigestible hairballs. Our family knows a lot of kids who are Davidson Institute Young Scholars (IQ at the 99.99th percentile, which is 145 IQ or 160 IQ, depending on the scale you use). It turns out most of them end up homeschooled. So when you hear those anecdotal stories about smart homeschooled kids, keep selection bias in mind — a noticeable hunk of kids are at home BECAUSE of their smartness. They weren’t average kids made brilliant by homeschooling. They were brilliant kids who were permitted to work at their own level through homeschooling.

  36. dirtyoldman says:

    I just realized that this might be a non-issue, considering that many celebs flat-out dropped out of high school to start making movies when they were in their late teens: you can find plenty of listings by googling it, and those lists include Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Liv Tyler etc.

  37. Hieronymus Grexx says:

    Public school a cooperative community. Right, and there was no bullying at Columbine either. What bizarre Stepford school did you attend?

  38. skeptical says:

    Wow. Joss Whedon was right. We never get beyond our high school years.. and clearly that is just as true for the homeschooled as it is for the public-schooled. Look at you homeschoolers! You’re whining about being misunderstood too! “Don’t judge, don’t be prejudiced” and yet the homeschooled are just as guilty of being prejudiced.

    Example:”I see the public setting creating academically apathetic and socially self-destructive youths/people- consider the horrible environent and the influences a public school brings. (10 and 11 year olds having sex in the bathrooms??) ”

    Oh really? So public schools are all about sex in bathrooms? And you think you’re not being prejudiced with that comment? (Or checking your spelling? The Edit feature works now.)

    Texasmom probably has it right.. the genius homeschooled kids started out as geniuses, and all the homeschooling did was let them develop their talents. They still had to start out genius material. Selection bias.

    Take a dumb-as-rock kid and put the dumb-as-rock kid in a homeschool situation with an equally dumb-as-rock parent, and all you’ll get are a couple of stoneheads.

    Circumstances matter.