But the families who are toxic, will be toxic whether the children have homeschool freedoms or whether they go to public school. Indeed, usually the toxic, or abusive, families do not homeschool, but would prefer to rely on public education; or simply don't have the means or wherewithall to homeschool. This sounds doomsdayish and paranoid, and it's just not what i see in real life. Are you talking fundamentalists? Fundamentalists are scary no matter if they homeschool or not. Kids who go to school and are from fundie families are still going home every night and being indoctrinated into their particular family's values, which is just how it is. Parents have a right to teach their kids values they hold dear, whether you or I believe in those same values or not. Homeschooling is not the problem. Ignorance and religious righteousness are the problems.But beware: family can be far more destructive than schools... especially when they feel the urge to have absolute control over the education of their children, over what they learn, over who they see, and so on.
Ultra-protective families are very dangerous, act like barely breathable toxic environments: and the more protective, the more they feel good intended, the more issues their children will inevitably have.
True. But 5 y.o. is not the right age to turn your kids over to a full day of institutionalized learning. Being in a typical public school 8 hours a day is not healthy for anyone, much less our precious and impressionable children. Perhaps if the educational system was totally overhauled and living environments (meaning gardens and plants and animals) were combined with innovative learning, were combined with healthy organic foods, were combined with no more than 4 hours per day, I could buy into the idea of a public system..........You need balance. You need contact with the outside world. Parents have to learn to let their children go and progressively gain some autonomy.
Because one does not gain autonomy by being in school all day, one gains autonomy by nourishing his true spirit.