Well...I do agree that we are losing freedoms and that parents should be able to home school their children, but completely disagree with your throwing out the word socialism like it is some great evil. The Public Library System, the US Post Office, and the Fire Dept are 3 examples of socialism in the US. Would you prefer the fire dept be privatized? That only Americans who can afford it should have fire protection? The fire dept works pretty darn well if you ask me. Same with libraries and post office. My point is that socialism isn't some scary thing lurking in the darkness and, when done right, can be (gasp) a good thing.
Now...with that said, the courts did NOT rule that home schooling is illegal. That's pretty big spin there. What they DID rule was that parents must have some kind of teaching credentials. That's pretty different from an outright ban. Until now, California allowed home schooling if parents filed paperwork to establish themselves as small, private schools; hired a credentialed tutor; or enrolled their child in an independent study program run by an established school while teaching the child at home. I'm NOT saying I agree with this opinion, I'm just trying to get a bit of truth instead of spin injected into this argument. The ruling stems from a case where a mother had claimed her children were enrolled somewhere but really were not. They would take the occasional test there, but were in actuality breaking the law. Illegal, as they say, is illegal.
Now that we know what the court actually said, I think that asking a parent to obtain a bachelors degree in order to home school their children is too restrictive. It leaves home schooling an option for those only with money and large amounts of time on their hands. I would be in favor of a few classes for parents and some sort of simple way for some kind of 'home schooling license' or something along those lines. I do think parents could benefit by learning some specific teaching strategies that we know works. I think it's important to have some kind of oversight of home schooling programs to ensure that something is actually happening. I've worked with a few parents who have claimed to 'home school' but really do nothing but watch TV all day.