Originally Posted by duncan_idaho
I probably overstated that a little. It's just based on experiences. Probably 80-90 percent of the people in our home schooling support group were doing it for religious reasons (I know this because my folks helped organize and run it, and I helped my dad compile survey responses in Excel as a Computers project).
Many of those had educational backgrounds, like my best friend's mother (who home schooled all 8 of her kids and has a masters in ed from KU). And gave their kids very good educations.
We also saw a lot who had no educational backgrounds - in a few cases, not even high school educations - doing it. That's where the scary/ugly comment came in.
I think sometimes people confuse the religious part of it.
There are parents that are fit to home school and there are parents that aren't. Religion has nothing to do with it.
You can teach your children a religious curriculum and STILL teach them to be critical thinkers. The two don't have to be, and aren't, mutually exclusive.