Chrisley Knows Best star Todd Chrisley is known for his cheeky comebacks — and his helicopter parenting. While Chrisley has five children, the series focuses primarily on Chase, Savannah, and Grayson, all of whom he shares with his second wife, Julie. Most episodes show his biting sarcasm towards his children while urging them to be the best they can be. Julie, as well as Chrisley’s mother Faye, serve as a counterpoint, often denouncing his behavior and driving the family drama.
Despite Chrisley’s witty criticism of his children, he sees his children’s success as crucial and supports them at every opportunity, including at school, and speaks at length about his children’s academic careers both on and off the show. Speaking of which, Savannah and Chase both attended college, as did his oldest daughter, Lindsie, who graduated in 2012. For all his pushiness, Todd knows education matters, but does he live what he preaches?
Todd Chrisley didn’t go to college like his kids did
Todd Chrisley never shies away from an opportunity to talk about his children, especially when it comes to their education. Although he joked that Chase was “trying to screw his way around campus,” Chrisley was more polite to his daughters.
“Savannah is extremely academic, so nothing Savannah is going to do will interfere with her college degree,” Chrisley told OK! Magazine in 2015. “Savannah truly believes in women’s empowerment, and she believes the best way to do it is through an education. Julie and I both raised her that way, as did I raise Lindsie.” He added, “I didn’t want to raise weak girls. I wanted my girls to get out here and do whatever job a man could do. Savannah took that very seriously.”
Interestingly, Chrisley apparently never went to college himself, although he encouraged and supported his children in the endeavor. It’s not clear why he didn’t attend, but he was a student at West Oak High School, he confirmed to a fan via Twitter. Whether he graduated is unknown.
Todd Chrisley could continue his education in prison
Todd Chrisley has faced many controversies over the years, ranging from financial troubles to criminal charges. Most recently, Chrisley and Julie were found guilty of fraud and tax evasion in June. The Chrisleys received $30 million in loans under fraudulent pretenses and filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying their debts, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Now both Todd and Julie Chrisley face up to 30 years in prison. (The Chrisleys have pleaded not guilty and plan to appeal the verdict, according to their attorney.)
Given his insistence on academics, now may be the best time for the patriarch to seek higher education. Eventually, depending on the length of his sentence, he will have more time at his disposal. Through so-called “distance education,” inmates can enroll in Bible, vocational, high school equivalence, undergraduate, and graduate courses conducted by mail. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Prison’s website states, “All institutions provide literacy classes, English as a second language, parenting classes, wellness education, adult education, library services, and recreational activities classes.”
So, will Chrisley take this government-mandated time to improve his own academic performance? Only time can tell!