You’re right about the talking points part.
So, what’s the difference between public education indoctrination and home education indoctrination? Well, I certainly don't claim to be an expert on home schooling, but at least with public education, the doctrine in question comes from more than one lone source. A good parent isn’t necessarily a good teacher of everything a child needs to learn. I don't know what’s so hard to figure out about that.
Personally, I feel that I've benefited by public education; while I respect the intelligence of my parents — and feel that my mom is a skilled, effective teacher — I just don’t think that one source is as good as multiple sources of information, influence, and perspective. Because of the public school system, I haven’t simply been influenced by like-minded people, I have been exposed to a wide variety of folks — many that I would've probably never chosen to hang out with in the first place, but I’m sure glad I did.
It's depressing to think about what my life would be like if all the great teachers I've had were never a part of it. I’m sure that many here on the BP feel the same way.
The paranoid propaganda piece that Steve linked to sez:
"Their [the evil public school system's] main goal is not really to educate people—they want to create a future society of passive, dependent, obedient citizens. They take a malleable young mind and shape it to be intellectually reliant, not on itself, but on an authority. The teacher, the majority, or the government proclaims the truth; individuals merely "accept" it."
Hmm. That’s an exciting conspiracy theory, like The Wall or something. Scary! However, I seem to remember a wide variety of teachers — conservatives, liberals, and moderates — all sharing information that most everyone can agree is based on fact using their own unique perspective.
And I guess I've been completely snowed, but I also wasn't aware that I have been molded into a passive, obedient, dependent, and intellectually reliant citizen. Matter of fact, I've been questioning the 'truth' that our government has been proclaiming for quite a while now — not a lot of acceptance there. But I guess I wouldn't know if I am an intellectually reliant citizen, would I? Ooh, really, really scary!
Wonder what the next generation of Americans would be like if suddenly all kids were home schooled? Further, I wonder how many parents wouldn’t be parents today if they knew they also had to be full-time teachers?
Maybe opponents to public education just want to educate those that can afford to send their kids to private school, keeping a fine line between the haves and the have-nots, the educated and the uneducated? Is that a 'conservative' ideal? I didn't think so, but it's certainly an ideal that would maintain the status quo, that's for sure.