I enjoyed this read. More importantly, it is an important subject matter. I have no hard and fast advice as I think schools and school districts and homelife and kid’s personalities play a big part in what is “best”. What I can say after raising a slew of kids simply reflects my own experience. The ones that didn’t go to school during middle school but rather did VERY intentional extracurricular activities but did online school (so therefore around peers for sports, music, drama etc but not for 40 hours a week) have arrived at their later teen years with confidence and very little identity crisis or need to go nuts in college or elsewhere. Our most confident kid has not attended high school or middle school in the usual sense but had solid friendships and healthy freedoms in these years as well as having things he was achieving and solid dreams and goals to focus on. In other words, we have not been high control or made our decisions from a fear-based narrative but rather vision/values based. The best book I’ve ever read that helps provide research and bolsters this convo (alternative paths for schooling etc. that don’t involve an obnoxious amount of time with peers) as a real consideration/antitote is–Hold On To Your Kids–Gabor Mate. It has been a life-changing read for us. Hugs.