Both Peg and I had unsatisfactory school experiences, her in the US public school system, me in the British public school system… they sound the same but are different
When we had kids, we couldn’t find a school we liked. Then two things happened: (1) we met a family who were home-educating apparently quite well, and (2) read a book by an American teacher entitled “Dumbing Us Down
Now, I have to quickly say that US home schooling has heavy religious connotations, cult associations, even extreme political motivations… and so on. Not the case with us
So we did it and really enjoyed it. The kids started to align with the national curriculum at about 14, then attended college from 16 thru to university (SOAS / Cambridge respectively).
We were very lucky to be able to do this, of course. One thing it taught me was – kids have natural, in-built curiosity. First rule of education should be – don’t kill that enthusiasm to learn!
Anyway, I’d love to see the two polar opposites that are home educ / school educ become closer. It’s feasible, they don’t need to be mutually antagonistic. Better people would result