Those kids are likely to be doing their studies in the evenings or early mornings before they go about their work routine. Of course a farmer or small marketer is going to pass his knowledge of farming/packaging/selling techniques on to his kids! Someone is going to have to do it in the future. Or would you rather we all eat cardboard tainted food from overseas, my friend?<quoted text>For once I agree with Dave. I see too many young kids at Jims Country Market, and working on farms during the week. I asked once why they were not in school, their answer was that they were "home schooled". A kid misses out on too many social issues, good and bad, to be home schooled. Also I don't know many parents that are qualified to teach Chemistry, Trig, Biology, English to their children.
Even so, itís probably not wise to base your opinion of home schoolers on one or two encounters.
Who says we are isolated from the rest of the world by doing home school? We attend social events just like anyone else. And even if we were isolated, at least we would be avoiding things like drugs, bad peer pressure, school violence and shootings, bullying, teachers who are not authorized to discipline (and may also be pedophiles or sexual perverts, ew...) etc. that often come along with the public school experience.
Furthermore, a parents teaching ability should not be determined by whether or not he or she has a degree in teaching. I for one would certainly not argue that a degree is a guarantee of great teaching ability, nor would I argue that not having a degree is a sign of lack of ability to teach. Parents have taught their work ethics and techniques to their own kids at home throughout all of history, and look where we are now; living in a free country with electricity, light bulbs, food, and in good health due to people like Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Tom Edison, George Carver and Clara Barton. Yes, they were all home schoolers at one point. Didnít you fellows do your history in public school?