I'm with you, Princess. For all their excellent qualities and passioned defense of homeschooling families, I get a little put out with HSLDA sometimes. Especially their advice to avoid any kind of interaction with public schools.
Some states permit homeschooling families to take advantage of public school facilities and organizations, but not to "buy into" the whole public school course of study.
I'm told this is especially popular in Florida, where homeschooling teens often take Driver's Ed, Music, Lab Sciences, and Foreign Languages in the public school, but homeschool for other courses. I don't know if we'd do that, but I like it that there is an option for those that want to do so.
One of our reasons for choosing homeschooling was that we didn't want to subordinate our educational goals to someone else's agenda. Why would homeschooling families want to shove their agendas on other people?
In essence, we homeschooling families have told the government and all its beaurocracies to "mind your own business." I think it's time for a few of us to heed our own words.
One of the key problems with choosing to home-school via the use of state or federal dollars is that you are then required to take the state ASSESSMENTS. That's the big "catch" to the choice.....You can't test what you don't teach.
"We stand for Home Schooling" does not demand lock step uniformity, but rather warns us not to get caught in the "Government school web". "No Child Left Behind" is a title carefully chosen and means what it says. They have designed an ALL inclusive system with single "points of entry" built in all along the way from 'cradle-to-grave'. This proclamation serves to point out some of those "points of entry" that may jeopardize your independence.
Bennetts K-12 program is available to independent Home Schoolers and does not have the State/Federal accountability ASSESSMENT albatross attached unless they accept state (tax) dollars to pay for it.