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.
Want to change the world? Homeschool your children.
Even if you don't want to homeschool you should at least do it until the kids are 10 yrs. old or so. Any child that age should be at home with his mother, rather than spending eight hours a day with a stranger. We should do away with K-2 and make reading, writing, and basic math skills prerequisites for entering public education.
I agree with Jack Walter that kids can benefit from learning at home and from avoiding the institutional setting. There are plenty of other better ways for kids to spend time with other people, so I don’t buy the argument that home schooled kids will miss out on socialization. I once read that the years between 10 and 20 are the most formative (actually years 0-5) are immensely important too. Our youngest had the good fortune to attend a small school with a great philosophy of education beginning at age 10, and I couldn’t recommend that enough.