Originally Posted by Alohajrtennis
This is an area where the world is radically changing, so the Harvard coach may not just be in synch with program yet. There have been enormous progress in technology, and the materials. Most states accredit programs that allow 'home schools' to get a state high school degree, not just a GED, and many offer these programs themselves. Many Ivy league schools actually have huge financial interests in growing this market as they are looking to leverage their brands, content, capabilities to get a piece of it. They do not have a financial interest in disparaging it.
Ten years ago, it would be very difficult for a student to get a home schooled education equal to that of a top flight public school without an enormous commitment of time from the parents, and even then, it would be questionable. Ten years from now, the opposite will be true, and at a fraction of the cost. We are really just in early stages of an education revolution.
Pennsylvania Department of Education actually sponsors a dozen cyber charter schools. It's free.
My son is very advanced in his math. He is taking linear algebra offered by Johns Hopkins on-line in his study hall. He has to email his home work to an actual teacher. He actually spent a couple of hours on his math in hotel room in October, when we were stuck in Atlanta and his school was closed thanks to Sandy. So, with proper adult supervision, our kids should be able to learn most of what a regular school offers, at home. Labs are the only exception though.