I think it's great that so many HSers do so well! All the folks I know who homeschool are doing a wonderful job of it. You seem to be saying that this fact means HS parents shouldn't be required to demonstrate that their kids are learning anything. If parents want to teach their kids above and beyond the state standards, great! But I don't see why state-mandated educational standards shouldn't apply to everyone.
You may joke about kids playing video games all day in lieu of learning to read. But anyone who's been at MDC awhile - and I know you have - has read those heartbreaking threads by parents whose children do exactly that (and I know it's a minority). I think it's tragic, not funny.
But yeah, this has gotten far from birth certificates...
State standard in Ohio is that HS students attend school (at home) the same days the publically schooled students are. They have to log the same amount of hours. In addition to this, a superintendent must approve the curriculum every year. If I teach my child differently from standard, will the superintendent approve? I honestly can't say. This is only my first child and the child hasn't reached school age yet. The problem i have is, I have a problem asking permission. I am very much aware of what will be needed for a GED, SAT, and college level. I'll ensure my child is properly educated and no SCHOOLED! Schools, as in public schools, are more orientated around socialization and creating a proper citizen then true education. I'll teach my child to respect its environment, other cultures, and to think for itself so it can decide to be a good citizen or not.