Jay, I just read the 74 comments on homeschooling that are currently on that blog. I am with you in general on home schooling. The religious people whom I have met who home schooled probably could not pass the GED test with a crib sheet. I learned a lot of valuable things, not necessarily academic things, in school that have helped me tremendously. However, I read upstart_crow's comment, and my heart just ached.
I'm ready to propose my intellectuals' cosa nostra. We go in and defend kids and others who are bullied. Bullying is again on the rise, and I blame Bush, because he is showing how to bully and be successful.
In the Seattle school district, parents can be as active as they can be, and even send in a surrogate. While my friend volunteered and was active in the school, she told me that a woman paid her mother to quit a low paying job and volunteer in the school.
If parents want something taught, they can put up the money for it. I was told by a friend of mine who wrote a check, that their son's high school PTA decided they wanted a class taught, I think it was French. A man stood up holding a check and said "Here is $5,000. Who will add to it?" They put up the year's salary for the teacher. I am told by people who went this route, that it was far cheaper than a private school, which starts at about $36,000 annually, I am told, and goes far higher.
It's nice to have enough money to do these things. With the right support group, I suppose one wouldn't need lots of money.