Dana, of Principled Discovery, explains some misconceptions about homeschooling at Heart of the Matter.
Common Misuses of Analogy in Homeschool Criticism, 8 May 2008, Heart of the Matter
Because education involves the development of the mind and the character, educational malpractice would have to result in injury to the mind or character. We are not talking about failing to read The Catcher in the Rye with the rest of the juniors in the state, nor even lacking laboratory science upon graduation. We are talking about abuse. Real abuse, not allegorical abuse conjured up by those who cannot imagine education occurring outside the confines of a brick building. It is extreme, causes lasting harm to the victims, and has nothing to do with homeschooling.