I’m glad you shared your experience — this was really interesting for me to read. I, too, was homeschooled (and I recently wrote a little bit about my experience here, if you’re interested in reading) but did attend public school in 10th grade. While reading your story, somethings were very relatable and others weren’t. I think it’s important to share stories of homeschoolers that aren’t the extremes in one direction or the other (and if I have misinterpreted your essay, I apologize). I consider my experience rather unordinary and generally positive. Your experience sounds more negative. Regardless, I think you bring up an incredibly important point: who is the decision for? As I mentioned in my note above, my parents were Catholic but that wasn’t a primary factor in their decision to homeschool. However, one of the largest homeschool communities in our hometown was a Catholic homeschooling group. I had friends from the group, but my general takeaway was that 75% of the families were homeschooling because 1) the parents wanted to and 2) for religious reasons. I hope that everyone can ask themselves this question, quite seriously, before considering education at home.

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