I think in some circumstances, homeschooling your kids is the best thing for them, but I also believe those circumstances are few and far between. The majority of homeschooled kids aren’t homeschooled because the school districts around them suck, and the parents want their kids to get a decent education, it’s because the parents want to rigidly control what the kids learn and don’t learn, usually because of religious beliefs. While legal, I think it’s horrid. One of the most important aspects of school is social interaction with one’s peers. It’s learning how to coexist and work with other kids, both boys and girls. If you deprive your children of this, you’re stunting their emotional and social growth. You’re making them awkward and backwards around other people their age, and believe me, kids are awkward enough — they don’t need you making it worse for them.
The Duggars are a great example of why this is a bad, bad idea. Now, I could go on a rant about how they covered up their son sexually abusing their daughters, and how the parents and the pedophile son should be thrown in prison for the rest of their lives for that, but that’s for a different topic. Neither parent has an education degree. Neither parent is remotely qualified to teach anyone anything. What’s more, the kids are not learning the same things students in a real school, at their age level, are learning. I bet if you asked them to name 10 Shakespeare plays, they couldn’t. If any of them wanted to go to college, not that they’d be allowed to because that’s sinful or some bullshit, but if any of them wanted to go to college, they probably wouldn’t be able to get in. Their potential to have a future was snuffed out before they could even realize it was happening.
I feel bad for the majority of homeschooled kids because because I loved school, and I loved learning, and I hate seeing other people’s educational opportunities taken from them before they have a chance to use them.