Homeschool is an issue that is still a HOT topic. I know this because we homeschool our daughter and homeschooled our son for a couple of years. I LONG FOR a society in which a homeschooler can answer the question of "Where do you go to school?" with "At home." and there not be a hint of surprise or concern in the interviewer's face.
There are many, many reasons to teach our children at home: dissatisfaction with available public education, religious reasons, student safety, special need students, personalized educational choices, and on and on...
Not all public education is unsatisfactory. But some is. This can be regional and dependent on funding, local culture, and employee dedication.
Not all homeschoolers are religious fanatics. I know many in our area that are anti-religion on all levels. Personally, we do incorporate our Christian values and teach the Bible as an extra study.
Parents are qualified to teach their children at home. They are either educated well enough to do so, or they can use curriculum that makes up for any lack of experience/education enabling the student to continue in the home environment. Tutoring is possible and outside learning experiences are unlimited. There are homeschooling co-ops that offer advanced classes and group sports opportunities.
Below are two videos. The first does a fairly decent job explaining the mainstream homeschooling trend. Poor critic toward the end is just spouting the typical rout that all non-homeschooled/-ers educators do. The second video explains some of the reasons behind homeschooling for religious reasons....
(Note: this video plays a commercial first, so bear with it a minute.)
"But even if statistically homeschooled students are better test-takers..." Notice the emphasis? Not "homeschooled students demonstrate they know/retain more when tested"? So, instead they try to say that they aren't receiving socialization? This is so typical of homeschool prejudice.
"...stop being surprised when they come home as Romans." You preach it!
I believe that homeschooling parents may be one of the last great watchdogs against our government taking away private citizen freedoms. If the government demands that all of our children be educated by the state, what will be next? The possibilities are endless and all of them are frightening. Think "1984" or "What So Proudly We Hailed." Not if I can help it, thank you!