I'll answer the primary objection I hear to homeschooling - the homeschool kids will not be socially prepared for life if they have not had all the "advantages" of public school social interaction.
I find it telling that the primary homeschool objection has nothing to do with learning. It is a given that most homeschooled kids do better on tests than most public school kids. A further indication is that the most disillusioned of the public school kids drop out - and are not even included in testing results.
Parents subject their children to eighteen plus years of indentured servitude on the theory that while they will learn less - they will be socially balanced. I think just a look at an average teenager should dispel that myth.
The advantages of the public school social interaction are many.
- The student is taught to both obey and resent authority - any authority
- The student is taught to play structured games
- The student is taught to segregate knowledge into discrete subjects
- The student is taught to only spend a short time on one subject or idea before moving on
- The student is taught to seek rewards for assigned accomplishment rather than the reward of enlightenment
- There is no play in work
- there is no work allowed in play - except as punishment
- reading is a task - not a pleasure
- knowledge is distributed - not discovered
These and other advantages of public schooling create obedient and compliant industrial and service workers - and citizens that are easily controlled.
There are difficulties in raising a homeschool kid - but the resulting adult will be far more flexible in dealing with life. Homeschool graduates will also have a far better understanding of how to discover what they want or need to know.
If you did not have the benefit of a homeschooling education, you can unschool yourself.
Rediscover the pleasures of self-directed homeschool learning - as an adult. Bastiat Free University may be regard as a homeschool facilitator for adults.