What Jeanne doesn't know about homeschooling could fill a small library:
You don't get this with homeschooling. You don't get the diverse fellowship of different kids from all around town. But then again, I had a very diverse neighborhood for a suburb.Jeanne, seriously, how would you know? Every time anyone on the homeschooling side attempts to dialog with Jeanne, she rejects it, becomes defensive, and is sometimes downright angry.
So, here's my chance to inform, though she may not read it or care.
Jeanne, schools don't guarantee a diverse group of kids unless one lives in a diverse neighborhood.
Homeschooling is not the same as seclusion. Homeschooling provides a number of opportunities to meet diverse groups of people. From local homeschooling support groups to nature classes at the nature center, to homeschooling events, to just being out and about, there are tons of ways for kids to meet people who are different than them. I remember one of my children sitting next to an exchange student from Korea on a plane once. They spent the whole flight talking about cultural differences and similarities. Before we disembarked I even took their picture together.
Jeanne makes so many assumptions about homeschooling that aren't backed up by anything at all. It's hard to take her seriously as an "educated professional" when she continues to speak with such authority on subjects over which she has absolutely no knowledge.