I posted on fb about being thrilled to start homeschooling this year (I did loosely last year but my oldest was just 3) and being able to watch my kids learn, etc. One friend whom I went through education classes with in college said she didn't agree with homeschooling. I pmed her and asked why and she only cited social reasons and multi-cultural involvment. I explained how I get to pick who teaches and coaches my kids, that we will interview clergy from varying religions to further their understanding of world religion and culture, the numerous multi-cultural experiences I get to plan, etc. Also that sending them to a predominantly white school where they would be lost in the crowds, taught by white women in a scientific setting which barely covers world religion and culture (I don't feel I learned about other cultures as a result of my schooling but as a result of my parentage) didn't seem like the kind of environment she was looking for either. Of course her response to me asking whether she could really ensure that her children had the kind of complete education she was saying homeschool kids don't/can't get was "we have to agree to disagree" and "you won't change my mind" (which I was not setting out to do... just to educate)... why can't people see that homeschooling opens SO many more doors than traditional schooling? Why do people think that sending their kids to majority ruled schools does NOT open the cultural doors they think it does? This woman is a teacher for pete's sake but she doesn't see how boxed in she is in public (private) school?!