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Jill Duggar Looks Forward To Homeschooling Son Israel Despite Controversy

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Jill Duggar has posted a loving tribute to her mother Michelle and her husband Derick Dillard's mom for Mother's Day.

But she also let fans know she can't wait to homeschool her own oldest son by Dillard, Israel, 3, in a Sunday, Mary 13, blog post.

Jill took to site to thank Michelle and Dillard's mother for being terrific role models.

The former Counting On star, 26, wrote, "Even when I was looking at homeschooling curriculum (yes, Israel only 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!

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"It seems like no matter what I'm doing (cooking, gardening, singing, organizing, etc.), I am reminded in some way of my mom!" Jill noted.

As has reported, the Duggars have homeschooled all their children since the 1990s, but there's been controversy about it because the Bible-based curriculum came from the ultra-conservative foundation called the Institute of Basic Life Principles (IBLP).

An exclusive investigation uncovered testimony from former followers of the IBLP, who warned that it is a "cult" that will do the famous family's children more harm than good!

IBLP was founded by disgraced leader Bill Gothard, who resigned from the organization several years ago amid claims of sexually harassing women at his ministry and failing to report child abuse cases.

Gothard has never publicly addressed the allegations and an email from IBLP (also known as ATI) said to their community that the organization had been "counseled to refrain from saying anything publicly."

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At the time Gothard resigned, however, ATI released the following statement: "To give his full attention to this objective, Mr. Gothard has resigned as president of the Institutes in Basic Life Principles, its Board of Directors, and its affiliated entities."

As In Touch reported earlier this year, the Duggars still speak at Gothard's yearly conferences.

Despite much public skepticism about home schooling, Jill thinks her mother Michelle did great as a teacher and now, as a mom of two boys, Israel and Samuel, 10 months, with Dillard, she wrote, "I realize just how rewarding, yet hard parenting can be.

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"I tell people all the time that I don't know how my mom did it! She really is amazing! I have learned so much from her example and I'm always looking for ways to glean more wisdom! Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group that she was speaking to…I had tagged along to several of these kind of things as a kid, but now that I'm in the "MOPS" stage of life, my perspective is totally different!

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Jill added, "My momma taught me the importance of instilling scripture into the hearts and minds of your young children. I recently started teaching Israel some Bible verses and I was amazed at how quickly he picked up on them!"

It remains to be seen how the Duggars' fans react to Jill continuing her family's homeschool tradition.

The teaching likely won't be seen on Counting On as TLC, the network that made the Duggar family famous, cut its ties with Derick after his social media posts caused shock.

Dillard had bashed one of the network's other stars, transgender girl Jazz Jennnings, the 17-year-old star of I Am Jazz, tweeting, "I pity Jazz."

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