I read "Duck Dynasty Family," got fed up with the bunch, and now I've gotten over it (thank you, Ms. Kay!) and now I'm curious as to where GreatGrandGee gets the info above. No biggy, I just distinctly remember from the book and from interviews with Phil, that:
Phil has a bachelor's and master's of education, but only taught a few years before he went wild and then got religion and focused on duck calls
Kay doesn't have a degree and if she did teach, it wasn't as faculty
Willie's got a degree in business but not an MBA, IIRC - and I might not remember correctly!!! LOL
Alan (the clean-shaven preacher, first born) has a pastoral degree from the Church of Christ the family belong to
Jase and Jep, no college that I recall reading about. Jep wanted to "go find" himself in the oil fields after high school and Willie figuratively knocked some sense into him, so he stayed put and works for the company, mainly as the videographer for their DVD line
Church of Christ from what I can find doesn't believe Christians of other denominations are going to hell (I have an in-law who is a CoC member and while he's very literal in his interpretation of the rules, he's never told us we're hell-bound. (He thinks any married man who doesn't have children shouldn't be a church elder, since the Scripture requires such a man to be "husband of one wife whose kids are faithful." That's not a direct quote, heh)
Phil's said that he and all his siblings but Si have four-year degrees (at least). Dear old Si. He's got wisdom not necessarily learnt within the ivy-covered walls!!!
Finally, I do remember seeing the street sign for the church, what's it called, River's Edge C of C or something like that.
Not itchin' for a fight, just offering what I remember from the book and from random comments hither and yon by the family members.
Rednecks can be educated and well-spoken, AFAIC. What qualls the Robertsons as rednecks is their ability to live off the land (I still don't care to eat squirrel, but have friends who survived and thrived on it) and their enjoyment of the simple stuff while not sweating the fancy things. In the book Korie & Willie make a big deal out of saying "if it all went away tomorrow, we'd still have God and each other and that's what counts." Chances are infinestimal that their empire is gonna go away, but from the way they describe life before great success, they have retained their awareness of the ultimate value God and each other. That's not necessarily a redneck trait (I know lots of folks who I'd call rednecks who left God and family in the dust long ago) but it does speak to a certain genuineness, I guess I say.
They seem to be good-hearted people. So if they affect redneckedness or something else, at core they'd be the same. The show didn't make me LOL very much in S2 but I'm willing to set "series record" for S3. It is nice to see folks who care about each other and actually know each other, interact. As opposed to the RH's of the tube, snore.