Originally Answered: This question is for parents who decide to homeschool their kids; I am just curious why you decide to do that.
Well, my older two were in school for five years, the next two for two years. The younger ones have never been to school. Their reaction? They love it. they love being home, they love the freedom to live and learn on their own time, in their own way. Our neighborhood school is nice, for what it is. It's small, maybe 300 kids, but the building is small with about 30 kids per classroom. The PTA is active and raises money for computers and playground equipment, but they treat differently abled kids as pariah. Otherwise it's great.
I homeschool each of my kids for a different reason.
My oldest has aspergers, he has some social problems but is highly gifted. The school could not academically challenge him, in the fourth grade he asked a question about solving something algebraically, and the teacher told him, Algebra is too hard, you have to wait til high school. Um, hello, it's not hard, we use it every day!
My second has severe autism, but above average intelligence. Again they could not accommodate her ability to learn with her very different learning styles. They couldn't understand that while she needed help just being in the building, she could learn everything that they were teaching. At the end of 2nd grade, she couldn't do any math, couldn't read, didn't even know how to use a ruler.
My third child is completely typical, no disabilities. She too is highly gifted, and was bored. Everything they were doing, she had already learned. She is sensitive as well, and did not like the way kids treat each other.
My fourth child is very artistic, no disabilities. After kindergarten she hated school because while she was trying to learn about different art techniques (Renoit, Van Gogh, etc) her teacher was concerned about 'following orders' and 'coloring in the lines'. Well, okay, but how is paint by number really helpful in the long run? Being told to color the hair yellow and the shirt red and the pants brown is kind of boring, stupid and has no relevance in the real world. And I realized all of academia is like that, it's not until college, when you have CHOICE, that you learn anything useful.
My fifth child is a boy, he is typical but tends to be hyper. He received speech at the school when he was four through early intervention, and I decided he needed to be homeschooled after I overheard the teacher and counselor discussing how once he started school they'd have to push for meds. He's a tactile learner, and they can't accommodate that, it messes up their curricula and schedule, so they want to put him on drugs.
All five of the above reasons, intensified and became issues in the same two month period. it was very obviously a sign that it was time to homeschool.
My six child, also a boy, is at home because the older kids are at home. My seventh, my baby is 22 months old....and we'll homeschool her too. Nothing to do with religion or culture, and in hindsight, I love how much time we have as a family now, how we can take vacations whenever we want. I love how we can have a busy day where everyone is learning something new, and we can have laid back days where we just hang out and talk. I love all their new friends...and how they can just be together without all the pressures of homework and popularity and drama.