re: Parental attitudes to education...
My mom was pursuing her university degree while I was in high school (she got her Bachelor's a year before I graduated). While she didn't love it, she did speak very positively about the difference it would make in her earning power, ability to support herself, etc. She also put a lot of her parenting energy into trying to get us to turn around our attitudes toward school. She wasn't focused on us having degrees, but she absolutely wasn't against post-secondary education. I barely graduated. My brother and sister both dropped out.
I hate the school system. I find it confining, frustrating, and very likely to turn off a person who started out wanting to learn. I've never made any bones about my views, but have also made school a priority, in terms of our day-to-day life (eg. ds1 wasn't allowed to say he was too sick to go to school, then be able to to go play with friends all afternoon, homework always needed to be done, family vacations were scheduled around school, etc.). DS1 loved school for longer than I did...I thought it rocked until about 5th or 6th grade, when I got bored and turned off, but it took him until this year, and he managed to push through until grad. So, I grew up in much more of a pro formal education home than ds1 did. But, I barely squeaked through (I had the minimum number of credits to graduate, and I passed one of those classes by 2%). DS1 was on the honour roll all the way through high school (may have missed one or two terms, when he had Planning on his course load). He's heading off to do a three year university program in September (Acting for Stage and Screen, including history of the theatre, etc.), and even received a Bursary.
I'm just not sold on parental attitudes as a negative to homeschooling - or to public schooling, for that matter. Parental attitudes have some impact on children. I won't argue with that. But, I see parental attitudes as a positive or negative of the particular household, not the chosen educational method. For example, I think the type of homeschooling parent who is overprotective, or overly free range, or too isolating, or too casual about the people their children are exposed to, or too critical of their child(ren), or too unwilling to correct anything, or too obsessed with appearances, or too uninterested in appearances (this might be me - I should probably pay more attention than I do), or...whatever...is going to be those things, even if they put their children in public school, and those things are still going to affect their children, even in public school.