I totally agree! And I had a homeschooling friend tell me once years ago that each year, she sat down with each of her children and asked them, what do you want to do, be, prepare for, learn about, get into, etc, not sure exactly how she worded it, but the basis was that she wanted to help them achieve their goals. And together, she helped each child set a plan for the year on how they would spend their time and what they wanted to learn about and do. I love that idea because that could include anything from getting through an algebra curriculum, if that's what the child is interested in, to learning to basket weave. I mean, to me, that is what homeschooling is all about. There is SO much information in the world. It's endless. No one can know everything. Personally, I don't want some committee who doesn't know my child to decide what he should be learning at a certain age and by a certain time. It just makes no sense to me whatsoever.
I feel really stupid because this is such a brilliant idea and it never occurred to me. My kids are still little (5.5 almost 3) so I can still do this and we haven't lost anything, much. I'm curious to see what my 5 year old wants to learn.