So whether or not a person can hold a job has nothing to do with how they were brought up or the education they received? I know PLENTY of people around here who homeschool. Their kids consistently score higher on tests, and are some of the smartest, most socialized, most well-behaved and wonderful children that I have encountered in my entire life. That alone is enough for me to homeschool. I happen to know that those kids are going to have a much easier time finding and keeping a job than many kids in the public school system. Some kids thrive in public school, and many do not. Homeschool motivates children individually and caters to their needs. Homeschooled children are often self-motivated and leaders in their community. The kids I know who are in public school, they are sweet, they are just fine, they are good kids--but when I compare them to the homeschool kids I know, the homeschooled ones are more motivated, better behaved, and are doing better academically amongst other things. That's not a general statement about public schooled kids; it's just what I've seen in my life. I was WOWed the first time I met homeschooled kids, and everytime I meet more I am WOWed again. Rarely do I meet children that are in public school who just WOW me like that. I can tell you that I certainly wouldn't have WOWed myself if I as an adult met my childhood self, and homeschooling probalby wouldn't have changed that for me because of my mother. But nevertheless, I wonder--if she were normal, and if she had home schooled me, would I have been differet? Your upbringing and your education make a HUGE difference in your capabilities.
If you're trying to convince us that public school is better, you're not going to have any luck, so what is the point of this questioning? IMO it isn't being done in a respectful, seeking-enlightenment sort of way. It's being done in a challenging, what's-the-point, don't-you-realize-you're-making-a-mistake, all-your-points-are-invalid kind of way. That's the impression I'm getting, like you're trying to take our explanations and invalidate them by offering alternate explaations of your own--when you don't know anymore than we do what the truth is about how kids turn out, how motivated they are. The statistics are in the favor of homeschooling, and other than that we have only common sense and experience. If yours tells you that public school is best, then do that. But my common sense tells me my son will learn better at home and my experience tells me that he'll be a better person for it. And my sense of duty as a mother tells me that this is a job that is mine and that I shouldn't pawn off on others who have 30 kids to teach math to in one hour.