Yikes! We agree on something. And, very well put, too, but many kids that are home schooled do very well. Yet, what they lack can be, (not always), pretty extensive. In our country their are pockets of home schooled families, connected mainly by churches, they have quite a network, that is impressive. The unity is amazing. I have been doing placement assessments for special needs for over 20 years.
To home school the mountain of paperwork would discourage most, and accordingly, it is regulated, to maintain a timely, order of education and the learning process. It is not for slackers.
Social skills are learned in the family and church environment which is where, I think, it falls short. But, then again, when you think of all the violence in the public schools, it is understandable that some want to shelter the kids from harm. No easy solution or answer.
I still think those without children should not have to pay for those with kids in school. I am guilty of thinking... since, my kids are now grown and educated, I paid my dues.
Is it wrong to simply want a break from all the taxes?
I keep adding onto this, lol.
Also, what basically makes a great teacher is not always found in that piece of paper which makes us qualified, it is found within. The best teacher in the world is one who cares. If a mother wants to take on the task of teaching her kids, knowing all which is involved, you will find no better teacher in this world. She cares. She will care more than the teacher standing behind the desk getting paid just 40 some thousand a year.
I think parents should choose. I stongly recommend public education, like with anything, anything can fall short, but, most are great and will produce happy, well-adjusted, smart kids.
What is great, is having the right to choose what is right for you, for your family, and for your kids. But, if your kids as they get older voice wanting to change the path of education, wanting to go to public school, they should definitely be supported.
I applaud all parents who care, and teachers in any capacity who teach because they care. It this field, it is never for the money.