I am, and have always been, curious as to your
(from my point of view) flat out refusal to see value in home schooling. (I
am always intrigued by differences I find between myself and those with whom
I agree so much about so many things!)
I realize that you said, "I have met dozens of home-schooled kids, and they
feel lonely and less than totally fulfilled socially...", but I wonder if
your sample has been a bit skewed for a couple of reasons.
First, I agree that when home schooling is just traditional scholing at home
it is not effective. Perhaps your sample was made up of large numbers of
kids from that type of home schooling model.
Second, perhaps your sample is skewed toward those who, for whatever reason,
are ready to give up home schooling, possibly for the very reason you cite,
and are ready to look at SVS or some other situation for themselves. PErhaps
you don't get to meet the large numbers of home schooled kids who are very
satisfied with their lives and with themselves.
Of course, you know that the above questions and my curiosity come from a
basic agreement with you on my part about democratic schools! I wonder if we
sometimes get so focused on our own models and so wary (and weary) of threats
to them that we don't critically examine others.
'Nuff said. Hope this (30th?) year at SVS is going well.