Wow, this topic obviously is of interest and may even have touched a few nerves. Having been married to a public school teacher and also having friends who are public school teachers, I must admit a bias against home schooling, but I am genuinely trying to set it aside while reading all of this.
For one thing, teaching is not easy but for some reason everyone thinks they can do it. There is a genuine talent necessary to be an effective teacher. With home schooling, you are also talking about one person teaching in many cases, ( I know that some home schoolers are taught by more than one person) and that leads to questions of how effective one person can be teaching all subjects.
I know of a home schooled child who was extremely bright but once she entered a public high school she proved to be behind academically and had a number of problems on the social front. I don't know her parents well enough to ask if they now regret home schooling her but I've always wondered.
It would be a difficult story to do, because this may well be one of those subjects where there is no middle ground; you are either for it or against it. If it become a book or even an article, no doubt it would be attacked for claims fo bias one way or the other. I ma a Christian and I am often troubled that some Christians twist Christianity for their own personal agendas. No doubt, home schooling is an area where such an agenda sometimes is a major player.
But, man, I sit here and think about it and I would really like to know more about it. I would like to know the percentages as to who it benefits, who it doesn't, and what are the feelings of those who were home schooled. I'm guessing a lot of other people would be interested also. A problem might be the huge scope of the subject. Particularly if a book were envisioned, we are talkiing about a lot fo research needing to be done before anything is really written.
I would be happy to explore this further with you. The more I write her, the more I am enticed by the challenge of writing abou it. Feel free ot e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you want ot discuss it further.