Despite the criticism of herbal medicine among mainstream medical professionals, it is wise to remember that many common drugs we use today were derived from plant-based sources. For example, scientists originally derived aspirin from willow bark; herbalists prescribe white willow for headaches and pain control. Digitalis, a drug prescribed for certain heart conditions, comes from an extract of potentially toxic foxglove flowers. These are just a few examples of why it's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of herbal treatments.
Homeschooled children will never have the opportunity to have a favorite teacher nor to receive feedback from adults other than their own parents or other homeschooler parents. I taught special education and drama in the public school system for 32 years and still keep in touch with many of my former students. They still mention positive experiences they had in our class. I would never have considered homeschooling my own children, nor would any of my teaching colleagues as it deprives children of learning skills needed for surviving in the real world. Our son had difficult times in school, which led to our making changes in his placement but we would not have considered teaching him ourselves. My husband is also a certified teacher, now teaching at the University level.