I have two kids and they made it thru public schools with a good education, as did I, but that is less often the case now than it once was.
At one time I'd have tried to argue the "but they need the socialization" side of this argument, but not now. Schools spend time "teaching to the test", educators jump on seriously brain-addled bandwagons, and end up having questions on Math tests somewhat like "How do you FEEL about 2 + 2 being 4?". It's all about self esteem. Educators couldnt dare correct their spelling now, that might harm the child's fragile ego.
Besides who are we to say? Maybe cat SHOULD start with a K. [Insert eye-roll here.]
When my daughter was in school I ripped a 7th grade math teacher a new backside for giving her what boiled down to a coloring assignment. I was taking geometry at that age. The teacher tried to talk down to me about how as "professional educators" they needed to have a curriculum that was inclusive of ALL class members.
[Translation: Sure your kid's smart enough to do geometry, but some of these guys have the IQ of a grapefruit so we teach at THEIR level.] Apparently accelerated classes were determined to be "noninclusive" and therefore didn't sit well with the egalitarian sensibilities of the gurus of modern education theory.At the same time education standards are being altered to keep the kids that were NOT educated by plopping them in front of a video game at the same level as those that'd starve to death if you moved their dinner plate 6 inches to either side... teachers have been hamstrung from enforcing anything roughly resembling discipline in their own classrooms.
Where once a junior high or high school kid stayed in line if only to avoid having his backside tanned by a coach or principal... corporal punishment has been forbidden in a well intended effort to avoid children being bullied by some sadistic teacher.
The result? Kids lacking the social skills or size to avoid *real* school bullies (the kind present since the invention of the classroom) are scared to go to school. They know damned well the teachers cant do anything to stop the daily terror some of them face.
In a related case of good intentions having bad effects, schools have been turned into "gun free zones" by decree. This has been roughly as successful as it would be if you tried to disarm militants in Afghanistan by putting up signs all over the country declaring it a gun free zone. Simultaneously we have latchkey kids that spend half their life playing realistically gruesome games with zero parental supervision who increasingly decide to take out their frustrations on classmates with a firearm.
Bear in mind when I was a kid we might have a rifle in our locker cause we were going hunting after school, but there was no such thing as a "school shooting" despite our easy access to firearms. Nobody was irresponsible enough / sick enough to want to... but if they had been theyd have been cut down in their tracks before they could chamber the next shell.
Naah... I'm gonna pass on saying that the socialization in current day public schools would be something a kid cant do without. Some parents I wouldnt trust to teach a dog not to piss on the carpet, but a parent that has the desire, time, AND a brain can (and probably should) school their own children if the opportunity is there. Double that suggestion if it can be done on an international stage.
Clinton, the scenario you've described would be a marvelous opportunity, and aside from having better individualized instruction theyd have a hands-on opportunity to see and learn about the world. Sounds like a great chance for them. Go for it.