Retriever sends along a marvelous little essay about the social deficits that homeschoolers experience.
While everything in the Wyman household was an educational experience from day one - read-aloud started in the hospital, every historical marker was stopped for and commented on, and competitive word games practiced as the height of entertainment* - we did very little formal homeschooling. When the two Romanians arrived in May of 2001 they got hefty daily academic training in preparation for September, but that was about it. Oh, and science fairs and special projects. (And some other stuff...)
We had several friends that homeschooled for a few years. In this region and that era, it was less common among evangelical families to keep them home all the way through, more common to focus on select years. It seems a net positive, though we were all aware of a darker side of a few more paranoid or obsessive parents who seemed to believe that keeping their children away from the worldly world was more important than educating them well. Of course, requiring those children to be at Famous Name Elementary School wasn't likely to fix that much anyway. When even the local Christian schools are too worldly for young Zachariah, it's a good sign something is awry.