I've never understood the concept of "home schooling".
IMHO all children should be in either a private or public school system being taught by people trained and certified to teach children.
My niece lives in Calgary and home schools her 2 kids. When I heard she was doing that I was floored. This girl sucked in school and bearly managed to graduate. Now here she is teaching her kids subjects like: Social studies, Science, English, Math, Geography and whatever other subjects you learn in elementary school. She plans on teaching them through grade 12!!! Now how on earth is she going to manage to teach high school Physics, Chemisty, Calculus etc!!!
When I asked her about that, her reply was "We'll learn together."
Last year on a spur of the moment she came to Winnipeg for a visit with her kids. They were here for more than 1 month. She didn't bring their books with them or anything. She considered a trip to Winnipeg to visit her and her husband's families as 'education' and part of their schooling.
I know (from the internet) someone who lives in Texas and home schools her 2 kids. She and her kids stay up to all hours of the night watching movies, and then sleep for a good part of the day. They spend about 3 hours of their actual waking time on "school" and the rest of the time they do what they want.
Personally I think it should be a against the law to not send your kids to school, and to "home school" them, unless the person who is doing the teaching is an actual trained teacher that graduated from college with a teaching degree. And even then in that case I feel that kids should still have to attend a regular school at least 2 or 3 days out of the week in order to teach them socializing and working in a group.
Another method of teaching that I have never understood or agreed with is the Montessori method. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori
I first remember seeing something about this type of "school' on some television show. Later I actually worked with someone who sent their kids to such a school. The learning wasn't structured. The kids did what they wanted, when they wanted and when they felt like it. If they felt like drawing instead of working on math, that was fine. If they felt like taking a nap instead of working on English, that was fine too. And if they felt like building a sky scraper out of Lego blocks....well you get the picture!
I'm glad to see that California is cracking down on home schooling and forcing kids back into the schools where they belong!