But why would homeschooling have to exceed PS results in order to be valid or permissible? How could the state justify that when it would basically be an admission that PS does not provide an adequate education?
And what would that look like — the average of all homeschoolers in the state has to exceed the average of all PS students? There's no way to legislate that. Every homeschooler has to exceed the 50th% of PS students? Why would any state want to pass laws that put large numbers of lower-testing kids back in PS, over parental objections, while leaving the high achievers out of the system?
ETA: I'm not sure what you mean by "that which shall not be questioned"?
Thought: TWTM is all about doing (way) BETTER than typical schooling. IIRC, and I read at least the first 3 editions thoroughly and repeatedly, that's pretty much the entire point. Doing better. Classical education WTM style is waaaaayyyy beyond the typical/standard/average.
These are/were at their essence and in their name, TWTM forums. They're not the "hey, everybody should homeschool, even if you don't have the time, passion, resources, or energy to do it right."
I admit -- I'm about as Type A as they come. I embraced WTM schooling -- it spoke right to my little over-eager and over-ambitous heart the first time I read it. It was a shit load of work, even when the kids were tiny. Even if I was only schooling 2-4 hours a day, I was preparing, planning, studying, ordering books from the library, etc for many, many more hours . . . Classical education is a huge commitment from the parent(s). Honestly, many of the ways I drifted away from WTM norms (per the books, not these boards) was my own fatigue/time pressures over the years. By the time they got to high school, I was more than happy to share the load with the occasional online class or other "short cuts" that meant I didn't have to read dozens of serious literature books each year, read and discuss history at 2 or 3 levels each year, review my own Calculus, etc . . . I began to pick and choose which classes *I* teach each year and which ones I can find outside or self-taught sources that I feel are good options. (Life gets in the way, good >> perfect, etc.) I'm not perfect enough to live up to WTM every day, every year, with every kid, but I do aspire to it and embrace it.
So, well, I'm sure there are plenty of hs'ing forums that are pro-homeschooling-even-if-it-means-pluggging-the-8 year old-into-an-iPad-for-4-hours-a-day . . . I didn't seek out those homeschoolers for support or relationships, as I don't support that sort of hs'ing. I didn't start this hs'ing thing to do it "just as well" as other schools. I started it to do the best I could for my kids.
That's probably part of the newer disharmony some have noted on these forums. The WTM'ers here were/are nice enough to be supportive of any/all comers (and humble enough to know there's not ONE right way to do things) . . . but, well, that's not because all of us actually believe you're doing the right thing by what you choose to do. So, it is accurate to feel that some posters get disapproval/discouragement for the sort of homeschooling they're doing/suggesting/seeking. If someone looks to me for support for the online-schooling-for-elementary set . . . or the just-the-basics approach . . . they won't be getting it, as I think that's not a great idea, and that most kids would be better served by a good quality "normal" school than a homeschool that isn't focused on providing a challenging educational environment.
My inspiration to homeschool is rooted in the desire to provide the best education possible for my kids. I have come to also appreciate the social and familial benefits it provides, but that's not my inspiration/motivation. And, it takes a LOT of inspiration/motivation to keep at this for decades, so it's not insignificant to need/want a community of like-minded parents (that this community nearly uniformly provided 17 years ago) to "talk" to . . .