My favorite Psychometrician has some interesting comments related to homechooling in her post on the infamous Paul Graham nerd essay.
This is something that, I think, homeschooling parents instinctively realize, and educrats would like us to forget. It’s laughable that the main charge hurled at homeschooling parents is that their kids will be “undersocialized,” when, for a lot of kids, “socialization” at school involves either abuse for being unpopular or the ever-present drug scene. Homeschooled kids are more likely to be living in the real world than kids in schools, and less likely to suffer any abuse for not worshiping at the temple of “popularity.”
I linked to the nerd essay 10 months ago. I so scooped her on this one
The essay is fabulous and a must read. Kimberly, of course, is on my daily read list.