Homeschoolers practice it.
The California Teachers Association fear it, as apparently evidenced in their brief regarding the Rachel L case concerning the legalities of California homeschooling. (I've only read the Pacific Justice Institute's synopsis of the CTA brief)
I've always found it ironic that teacher unions, public school authorities and public school cheerleaders often blast homeschoolers for our lack of accountability. As if we don't have any, unless we look to authorities outside our family.
But yet, and rightfully so, there is a constant oh, me – oh, my about dropouts, teacher abuses and the increase in college remediation classes [pdf]. The wringing hands stretch to those blasted homeschoolers. In a logical world, who would guess that a tiny percentage of kids in the compulsory attendance age range would be such an Issue that a state teachers union writes up a hostile brief for CA Supreme Court review regarding this case?
Don't they have anything better to do?
I thought it was interesting and exemplified the strength of California homeschooling that a brief was also filed by Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown stating "that home schooling has a long and positive history in California and across the nation." That support across the political lines acknowledges the satisfied results from the homeschooling families.
I thought it was also interesting that Pacific Justice Institute was "given a unique opportunity by the Court to respond to all of these briefs and will be filing its reply by Monday". PJI must be all-powerful, because I'm still trying to figure out how they got my address and name a couple of months ago to plea for money and support regarding this California case.
Read more thoughts about the CTA reaction here: