The New York Times does have it right, homeschooling with private tutors is a time-honored tradition - surprising numbers of famous people and innovators through the centuries had these luxurious opportunities. With more creative class parents demanding time with their kids, perhaps we'll see a comeback?
"Think Plato, John Stuart Mill and George Washington. Philosopher kings and gentleman farmers...The notion of individual tutorials is a time-honored tradition, particularly among the elite."
The Gilded Age of Home Schooling
Eide Neurolearning Blog: Creative Class Parents Turning to Homeschooling
School's Out by Daniel H. Pink