Well, from a critical perspective, it benefits those at the very top of the economic/social pyramid/caste system to have a "sterile, passionless workforce" that can be easily manipulated.
I couldn't agree more. Schools keep all kinds of meaningful data on their high schools. They use them in marketing pieces and publications to toot their horns and woo new families into their cities and towns. For our local high school I have seen data on numbers of seniors graduating enrolled in 4 year or 2 year colleges, numbers of students in AP classes and what AP classes are offered. They list all kinds of academic highlights like winning State competitions in We The People, number of winning years in State or national robotics competitions. They showcase exceptional senior projects that include community service activities, awards won for extracurricular activities like DECA and FBLA. ON and on. These are the things that point to the character of a school and a community for that matter.
AND...you are right. The BEST high schools ARE homeschools.
Erica used the College Launch Solution with her family and highly recommends it to the reader of The Old Schoolhouse .
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