We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Home schooling has been around forever. Whether it was the wealthy with education via Moms and tutors, or poor immigrants working all day and then educating themselves in the New York Public Library, or pioneer kids like Abe Lincoln, it was all home schooling.
As one example, Teddy Roosevelt - who wrote more books and articles than any President ever - never attended any school until he went to Harvard College. (As I recall, though, he did have to cram his Ancient Greek and Chemistry a bit for the Harvard entrance exams. At home, of course.)
Here's a good update on the topic, explaining why the Education Establishment is hostile to home schooling.
Related to the topic is the latest educational egalitarian wackiness coming out of France. Schneiderman does a good semi-rant on the topic: Dumbing Down Education in France. Many are not aware that there are similar Harrison Bergeron movements afoot in the US.
My friend Charlotte Iserbyte is now offering her book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America, as a free download here. Big file, but a good deal considering the hardcover must weigh about 8lbs.
As a whistle-blower in the Dept. of Education under Reagan, Charlotte learned quite a bit and wrote a book that "deals with not only the role of educational brainwashing in changing our children's values and denying them an academic education, but also with the role of political and economic "Insiders" who have, over the past 200 years, been involved in highjacking our Constitution and bringing the United States into an international socialist (regional) system."
Boy goes to Chop Point here in Maine, which is like home-schooling with a bunch of friends.