I came across this entry in the Utne Blogs. (Disclaimer: I've never before now heard of Utne or know what it's all about.)
The thing that caught my eye was where the blog author says "The problem was that much of the science was backwards. In good science, you start with a piece of evidence and try to find a truth. With creationist science, you start with a truth (the Bible), and try to find the evidence."
Isn't homeschooling similar to what the polygamist sect in Texas was doing? Specifically, they found a place of extreme isolation, rounded up all their people, took them there, and kept them away from anyone else on the "outside" who may plant a seed of doubt or skepticism in their minds.
That's kinda scary, and not exactly what I'd call providing a real education.
Be careful you donâ€™t fall into the trap of stereotyping a group as this author did in the blog. Itâ€™s true that some groups who isolate their members and feed them a very narrow point of view exist in the homeschooling community but that is definitely not true of the community at large. Itâ€™s like saying that the internet is full of porn so because you work with an internet company you are a pornographer. The homeschoolers I have known were some of the most articulate, socially at ease and tolerant people and would have been able to identify this sort of errant way of thinking. Also just because public schools are public does not mean that indoctrination does not occur in them. Home schooling can sometimes be necessary when the indoctrination in public school becomes not just different from the parents but many times diametrically opposed to the beliefs of the parents . Plus, lumping these people in with the polygamists in Texas is not only intellectually lazy but also shows the type of intolerant indoctrination that is routinely â€œtaughtâ€ in many (not all)public schools.