In real life, it's pretty common for families go back and forth between traditional school and homeschooling. In fiction, however, any time a character is a homeschooler, you can bet that they are trying to hide from the world.
It's easy to understand how homeschooling has become a symbol. For most readers (and authors), it's usually not something they have experience with themselves. And good stories have always been built on standard formulas, which can go back to ancient mythology.
At the same time, readers like to see themselves in fiction from time to time. As a homeschooling mom and fan of children's literature (particularly YA), I will go out of my way to read a book if it has a homeschooling character.
My new article features a selection of books with homeschooling characters that I have read. Let me know what you think, and feel free to suggest others to add to the list!
Image: HarperCollins Children's Books