It's funny to see the different perceptions of life back when they were a kid and life today.
I certainly agree that today's kids aren't allowed to roam as free (even though things are actually safer)... CPS gets called if kids are allowed to *gasp* actually walk around their neighborhood nowadays!
At the same time, I sort of envy my kids. I would have loved to be homeschooled as a kid. They get to spend so much time playing together, making forts, having adventures. Yesterday my daughter was rescuing babies from ancient Egypt (time of Moses) to take (said in the most dramatic voice you can imagine), "2000 years into the future, to America in the year 2013 A.D., when they could be safe!" It was hilarious. Okay, her grasp on the timeline of ancient Egypt is a bit weak, but she'll get there. I would have enjoyed getting to learn at my own pace. I remember spending one class in elementary school copying an overhead. The teacher would put an outline on the overhead projector, and we were to take out our paper and copy it down. Then wait while everybody else in the class finished. Then copy the next one. This was how I learned history as an elementary school student. (Fortunately, he didn't care if you read a book after you finished the current page while you waited for him to change it. Otherwise I would have gone insane.) I would also have really enjoyed my time with other kids being social time with fun and activities, the way my kids' is, instead of just schooltime when you were to sit down and be quiet. Of course, they probably envy me for getting to go to school and see other kids every day (instead of just 2-3 days a week) and getting to ride on the big yellow school bus!