I have wanted to write my opinions of these statements that "they say" but I've not done it yet.
I decided tonight to share what "they say" and am curious if any of my readers would like to share opinions via the comments section.
American public schools teach to the middle.
American public schools focus on finding faults and problems (learning disabilities or kids who are 'behind' academically).
American public schools want to bring up the lowest performing students to be 'average'.
American public schools neglect the above average students and the gifted and talented students.
American public schools don't identify strengths and don't teach to any student's strengths.
That homeschool parents only see the best in their children (the opposite of what public schools do).
That homeschool parents play to the strengths and areas of easy learning for each unique child and can't even see the weaknesses or learning disabilities (if they exist).
That homeschoolg parents, rather than look at the child's performance in numerous subjects they focus just on the one or few areas of strength.
That homeschool parents sometimes don't do right by their children by not seeing deficits, not trying to fix them, or downplaying the importance of them (instead focusing only on strengths).
All I'll Say Now Is---
I think that homeschool parents come in a wide variety of personalities, knowledge bases and have different philosophies as well as some biases. Therefore no one should really make blanket statements saying "all homeschooling parents...".
I do think most homeschooling parents are able to see their child's strengths and want to teach to the strengths and sometimes may overfocus on those strengths. It is two different things to teach to a child's strengths or interests than to ignore deficits and ONLY focus on strengths. It indeed is possible to work on the deficits, deal with the 'average' stuff and also teach niche topics or teach more deeply to a child's strengths.
However regarding large systems like the organized and planned structure with defined purposes, government polices and laws that affect American public schooling it is easier to make generalized statements about the aims and general practices of typical American schools. Not included in those general statements are reflections of the practices and policies of charter schools or public magnet schools whose operating procedures, admission guidelines and general curriculum differ from the 'regular' public schools.
Note: If you are a person in denial that the American public school system needs fixing you can educate yourself through reading books written by TEACHERS and SCHOOL AMINISTRATORS who have identified many faults in the current (and former) school systems who beg for education reform on a major scale. I find it interesting that the loudest critics of American public schools are the insiders, the teachers themselves. (Sometimes you may also find this information free on the Internet especially on teacher blogs.)