(By Chris Sharp) Often when people like me are writing about the American school, we tend to overlook the very largest of all U.S schools – the American Home School.  Indeed, there are more than one and a half million (1,5000.000) American children who attend Home School, according to the National Center of Educational Statistics, and more than 80 percent of these home schools are administered by white families for their white children.  The greatest home schooling state is California with nearly 200,000 young school-aged children taught in their homes.

I am sure we have all had experience with home schools. I once regularly visited a family in Santa Clarita that offered a home school for its three sons, and over a year I began to understand a little better the parent temptation of a family trying to establish home schooling.   It is not quite so as simple as white families trying to stop their children from attending schools with African-Americans and Mexicans.

In fact, there is much more of an issue of parents seeking to establish more control of the basic learning years of their children, controlling not just what they learn but how they learn it.

My experience with home schooling families is basically that they feel the home gives them a natural advantage in integrating learning into the real life of the child, as opposed to the public school building that sometimes all too naturally separates learning from the child’s family life, or the real life.

But in the wake of a horrific report of a home-schooling family that abused their right of privacy usually assumed in families teaching their children, the reported torture and neglect of the 13 children in the Turpin family in their Perris, California home school has now instigated local school districts to ask themselves why there was not some public oversight to protect any level of abuse against a child in a home school.

There is now a feeling that for much too long of a time, home schools in America have been too isolated from the common campus life of students.  Many home school children in America do not experience even the brief campus exposure that a serious adult extension course student receives.

Read more here: A Sharp View:  Making our schools safer should include home schools