I have been thinking more and more about home schooling lately. At this point, I think it has so many positives that far outweigh the negatives.
I think that “out of the box” thinking and learning is at an all time low. With all of the schools adding more and more standardized tests in order to prove that they are indeed teaching, there is less and less real thinking going on. By that I mean that students learn to do what they need to do in order to pass a test. While that seems like the right way to go, it also eliminates some of the learning creativity that is necessary for a person to be a totally contributing person to the solutions of the world problems.
At the high school level, it may become difficult for some parents to have the ability to “teach” their children. Subjects such as a foreign language and upper level math or science can be difficult for many adults who haven’t dealt with them since they were in high school themselves. Hiring tutors to help is a great way to go. The tutors can either act as a consultant to the parent and give them the tools they need to do the teaching, or the tutors can do the teaching themselves.
I am currently tutoring a “home-schooled” student. I really like the flexibility of being able to extend a subject to really analyze something; or stopping and allowing a student to spend time researching a subject that really interests them.