Dear Crisis Homeschooler,
Speaking as an ex-school psychologist and, more importantly, a 25+ year homeschooler, it helps to understand that what the schools do is second best (actually, not even second best). The teachers and principals I worked with would have loved to do what we do (or should do) – tailor education to each child’s interests and abilities and passions.
But they can’t – they don’t have the time or resources to do that. So they have to use textbooks and other resources that have been passed through committee after committee to get approved. Then they have to standardize everything to a class of 25 or so same-age students, and focus on teaching to the test.
Why would we want to duplicate that?