In short, children taught by poor parents with no professional education background often outperformed students from the highly regulated setting Wilson deemed crucial for success.
Next year, a new state law requires retention of third-graders who lag in reading. Districts are emphasizing early intervention in response. The Tulsa World editorialized (emphasis added), “The prevention, however, ought not start as late as kindergarten. It must start well before that and in the home.”
That suggests even staunch defenders of public schools no longer hold the Wilsonian view of homeschooling as a strange education phenomenon — but now consider it a prerequisite for even public school success.