The one compelling reason to homeschool
The one reason to homeschool children is to allow them freedom.
There are other reasons, but these can be balanced with creative, healthy parenting, within the regular school system. Three of these are as follows:
Reasons to homeschool:
1. By every measure homeschoolers will, on the average, outperform those who take formal schooling. But you can’t know that your version of homeschool is one of those that will produce a superior student. You can’t know for sure that this will work in your particular case. So this is an ok reason but not a compelling reason.
2. Your child will become socialized to all age levels. This tends to prevent the child from becoming socialized only to peers. If your child becomes socialized by his peers, it is like living with an alien in your own home. You can’t expect that any thing you say will be heard or understood. Fortunately, most kids recover from this time but it can be frightening enough to parents to make them want to homeschool. Some good parenting can overcome this problem so it is a good but not compelling reason to homeschool.
3. Schools tend to be centers of indoctrination. Ideas that are held uncritically are not matters of learning but indoctrination. Here is how you can recognize the areas of indoctrination. If you hold a contrary view and find that you are held in contempt or even persecuted for your views then you have discovered an area where schools indoctrinate. Uncritically held views last years beyond their worth so you can waste a lot time with them. Critically held views always welcome new thought. The home can have some fun debunking in the areas where schools indoctrinate. This can make for some interesting student essays and actually help the child to stand up to indoctrination. This is a good but not compelling reason to home school.
The only compelling reason to home school is that homeschoolers can have the freedom to find their destiny. Some people never do arrive at their destiny.
How did I get to this conclusion? I saw some young homeschoolers and realized that they knew their destiny; they could sense why they were on earth. Then I "reverse engineered" my whole thinking on the subject of homeschooling. Sometimes you can see something only from the other end.