It is, of course, treated as such by conservatives. No matter what the family situation, homeschooling is presented as the cure to lack of money, lack of community, multicultural conflict, bad marriage, no marriage, the list goes on and on.
Homeschooling is increasingly used as another way to retreat into a private but not domestic sphere. I used to be very “you do you” about homeschooling, but now when I hear about yet another friend or family member opting to homeschool, I just see another couple who won’t be bringing anyone meals, who won’t be volunteering, who won’t be sitting up with the sick old lady at church, who won’t be participating in local civic life.
It is understandable to protect what is nearest to you, but it’s not a movement. Or an all-purpose fix-it solution for the loss of posterity and social life.