There are laws in place where I live that state children need to attend public school (or private if desired) or it will be filed as child abuse by the state and you can risk losing your kids. I want to know why kids have to go. I don’t intend on keeping mine home but shouldn’t it be the parent’s choice?
The Compulsory Education Act of 1852 wanted to ensure children had equal learning skills in math, writing and reading as it served our country better to have education children to grow in to adulthood with knowledge vs without.
As mentioned, it is law to ensure that as adults, the children will have the most opportunities available to them. Back then, not everyone could read, write, or do math beyond basic addition and subtraction.
It is a child's right to education and it is against the law to not provide education. You, as a parent, can legally teach your child up to 3rd grade I believe but after that you need to enroll them into a school be it offline or online.
If they didn't have a law for it, many kids would end up not receiving any education at all and this would increase crime rates on the streets. A child who drops out of school is 50% more likely to turn to crime as a means to make a living.
To ensure the general public is well educated or educated enough to hold down a job. Could you imagine if 50% of adults had no educational skills and were unable to work. What would they be doing to buy food or pay for a roof over their head?