IamA Former SECULAR Homeschooler - AMA! [Casual Christmas]
I live in North Carolina, where the homeschooling laws are pretty lax. One of my parents dropped out of college to work, the other has a Master's degree.
I was homeschooled for five years, went to public elementary and high school, and private school for preschool and summer programs.
I see homeschooling as a valid option, no better or worse than public or private school. Each option has strengths, weaknesses, and the potential for children to be abused, neglected, given misinformation... and the potential for amazing opportunities, excellent education, and fantastic personal growth.
I've seen other homeschooling AMA's done, but been frustrated that they seem to mostly be from people homeschooled for religious reasons. That's not the only type of homeschooler out there, and I'd like to answer some of the common questions from a different perspective.
EDIT TO ADD:
I am female, 24, married, and have a six-month-old baby. We currently plan to homeschool our son and his future siblings for elementary school and send him to public high school. My husband has his Master's in education and taught in public school for five years.
Wow, this got WAY more responses than I expected. I am thrilled and I intend to address each and every one of you, but I also have work to do today, so I might not be responding quite as quickly for a while. Thank you SO much for your interest, and I'll still be answering questions today and tomorrow, but my previous goal of answering within 10 minutes needs to be adjusted. :)