BEN DOMENECH has a good post on home-schooling and education in general. (He was home-schooled.) He doesn’t mention one other reason home-schooling is on the rise and causing conniption fits throughout the land: Home-schooling assumes that the family and the civic community are not at odds most of the time. Obviously this won’t always be true–the family might be teaching an ideology that would undermine the community; the parents might be abusing the kids. But the civic community can be wrong as well. The public-schooling ideology (by which I mean the belief that public schooling is best for everyone, and that home-schooling is dangerous) pits family against community. If you don’t send your kids to public school you’re betraying your city. Home-schooling rests on the premise that “The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” (Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 1925.) Family loyalties, family loves, should be nurtured by the community because they will nurture it in turn. Yes, again, there are exceptions. But public-schooling ideologues have turned the exception into their rule.