It's so very sad, isn't it? The American public school system has become so lost it's bordering on corrupt (perhaps it even passed that border) and our children are suffering the consequences. Innocent children enter school each day, and each day they come out with a little less spontaneous laughter, a little less hope, a little less motivation, a little less tolerance, compassion, and caring.
I'm glad to see that you're approaching this paper with an open mind.
Homeschooling has become such a well-framed issue that arguing against it is like arguing against the world being round. I can see that you didn't take my thread very seriously. I can see why you didn't, because I've trolled the internet looking for any resource that backs up my personal experience with this method of education and I have found nothing. I find that strange, because as I have already pointed out, I see a bunch of socially dysfunctional kids when I look at the homeschooled community where I live. I'm sure beyond all doubt that if a survey was taken that looked comprehensively at the issue of homeschoolers' social skills, they would be found to be severely messed up. I'm not defending the lack of a suitable peer group that the public school system so often offers, but I'm perfectly willing to say that homeschooling doesn't work either.
What about the tendency of many homeschooled families to ignore scientific principles and to teach their innocent kids that there is no such thing as evolution? I'll never forget hearing one homeschooled kid spew a bunch of baloney that his family had fed him about scientists falsifying primate skeletons to "seem" as though they had evolved. (If you all leap to the defense of religious explanations over scientific ones, you are only going to prove my point.)
I bet, Gabrielle, that you could make this a great paper. It can be a good exercise to write a paper that attempts to disprove something that you believe in, if you approach it with the correct attitude.
As a little aside, I find some of the grammar, spelling and overall writing style habits at the forum appalling. You can't tell me that some of this is better than what the average English teacher can provide.