I have posted before in often negative words my thoughts about homeschools. I agree that most, if not all, public schools are a lost cause. Unfortunately, far too many parochial schools are not up to snuff.
How do families that educate their children at home reconcile the situation that the parish school is a catechetical mess but somehow the liturgy is okay? It would seem to me that the same touchy-feely, wishy-washy notions that have watered down the catechetics, have watered down the Mass.
Likewise, since most, if not almost all, of the collection basket goes to the school, how do they tithe to support a school they can’t justify sending their children to? If they don’t tithe(or significantly support the parish financially) are they picking and choosing what to believe? Isn’t that the first critique made against heterodoxy? I don’t know any homeschoolers who see themselves as less than orthodox.
I agree that there needs to be a reform of both public and parochial schools. I disagree that homeschools are the answer. I also question whether homeschools are the “Catholic” thing to do. If there were no parochial schools it might be. However, I can’t see how a pastor can not take offense to the family that is at Mass every day but considers the school there “not Catholic enough”.
One can’t have his cake and eat it too. One of the strengths of our Church is the hierarchical system. That means we follow it not blindly but closely and faithfully. Homeschools seem very Protestant in their mindset to me.
I appreciate that times are tough and overall your kids are learning well but I think you are creating an individualistic mindset that will lead many of your descendants away from Rome. Isn’t the whole reason you teach at home is to have Catholic kids?