ImRich: It's weird that you say there's nothing wrong with someone instilling their beliefs into their child.
I don't have a problem with home school overall, but if instilling your beliefs is one of the main reasons for doing it then I feel that it's completely unfair for the child. A person can't make an informed decision without being aware that they actually CAN make an informed decision and with that logic a Democratic Athiest can create Democratic Athiests and Christian Republicans can create Christian Republicans... No choices, and no other sides because they were taught (i.e. forced to believe) that their side is right. Even worse, racists can spread their racism (which has been known to happen) and bigots in general spread bigotry, etc...
It really doesn't seem like that's the case with these people but overall if there were a downside, that would be it.
Sounds like Ms. Rose, using Jane Austen and creationism, is raising a perfect 18th century lady.
Homeschooling is the way that I would go. Kids have plenty of opportunities to socialize outside of school. They can socialize on a sports team, at football games, in clubs such as scouts or 4H. There are plenty of opportunities that home school organizations offer home school families. Home schoolers compete in the sporting realm as well as with academic competitions like the National Spelling Bee which home schoolers have won in our region many times.
I really believe that currently Victoria's Public Classroom dynamics has degenerated greatly. Whether it's the laws that protect the students with agendas other than learning and a lack of self control or if it's the teacher that is either scared to demand respect or just doesn't. I would hate to be in a VISD classroom.
Home schooling affords the student to be around more positive roll models and it really helps when the parent has to be involved and responsible for the success and discipline of their child.
It's unfortunate that public school systems have been turned into a daycare and alternative parenting program.