I am about to discuss this in a debate and was curious what other people thought about homeschooling.
The US Constitution and Bill of Rights flow the authority to make laws (not addressed in those documents) to the individual states.
State laws establish compulsory education.
Compulsory education (in the modern era) was first established in the 1500s.
The first state to establish compulsory education in the US was Massachusetts, in 1852.
Compulsory education has been criticized on various grounds:
It violates freedom and liberty. Whether or not one wants to send one’s child to school should be an individual choice.
It encroaches on the rights of children.
It encroaches on the rights of parents.
It is not guided by altruism.
It implicitly teaches authoritarianism.
The variety of children’s individual growth cannot be supported within an imposed structure.
It produces a population of passive and obedient workers and consumers.
In my opinion, the most important argument against compulsory education is that it violates freedom and liberty, which are basic principles of the establishment of the US.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
If I believe that I can provide a better education for my children, either by teaching them myself, or by paying someone else to teach them, that should be my right.