Indeed. I had the pleasure to homeschool my son through his high school years. Out of a need for efficiency, and owing to the subjective nature of “soft sciences” We developed a curriculum that combined US government and history with a survey of American literature. We took our time. Stopped to read and discuss the important literature of the day before embarking on the chronology that led to policy. (Taking field trips whenever we could) This method allowed us to be fully immersed in the subject creating a synergy. Having just studied the history leading to the Literature made the novel more interesting. Having read the work if fiction popular in that time made learning the history more exciting.
Imagine reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Red Badge of Courage, then studying historic accounts of the brutality of slavery, the economics of the agrarian south, and civil war battles. Finally wrapping up with tours of Gettysburg and Arlington.
Now, tell me how I grade that. More specifically, how do you compare the impact that experience had on my son’s knowledge of the subject to that of the typical public school experience?