Conversely, I know many (no joke) publicly educated children whose lack of knowledge scares the hell out of me. They are barely literate, can't spell (not that spelling means a lot on its own, but combined with everything else does contribute to the sense of illiteracy), struggle with math, and obviously can't advance very quickly; and to have to stay after school even longer than normal to get extra help, or for parent teacher conferences. My friend, whose two children are both in this situation right now, said for the school to tutor them, the children have to be diagnosed with a disease (like ADHD or asperger's or whatever), so they can be put in a title program, so the teacher's can get extra money--all for just helping them a little more with their math! Combine that with peer hostility if you are overweight, non-trendy, and/or quiet and shy, and a child can get quite a complex about them. (No, I'm not a pyschologist , but I can intuit that the above scenario is not good day in and day out for children.
What are your examples of brainwashing? Homophobia? Not desiring sex education?2/ Subjectively, I have noticed the exact opposite pattern. Families who homeschool usually are the more toxic, the more likely to brainwash their children.
School here doesn't replace family. I'm not sure about France. Kids might be exposed to choice here, but until they are 18, they are subject to their parents' values and ideologies.Or rather, let's say that statistically the risk is very high, while it is least likely in public schools (because public teachers are regularly controlled and supervised by education professionals).
And once again, with public schools, children will have the choice. They could compare more easily the difference between what society and their family want them to learn, and will eventually wonder why. And hence, it will develop their critical reasoning, it will help them to acquire intellectual autonomy more quickly, and more efficiently.
And it works even if you disagree with so-called public school propaganda.
I don't homeschool out of fear, and I never have. I homeschool because I have always intuited it was the best choice, emotionally and intellectually, for my children. No doubt some fancy PREP school could educate them more soundly, but isn't there something to be said for a child's attachment to family? Do you think attachment to family is wrong? Or bad?And I think that critical reasoning is what most family who choose homeschooling fear the most. They are afraid to see their values criticized in return, they do not want to take the risk.
Prove me I'm wrong!