There have been a couple of very encouraging news items recently, suggesting indirectly that home education is a good thing. One was by Nevada University in America. They discovered that a jolly good indicator of how a child will do academically is the number of books in the home. This is more important than class, parents' income or parents' educational attainments. Work by the National literacy Trust in this country pointed in a similar direction. A brief account may be seen here;
Piles of books is often one of the most noticeable features of homes where a child is being educated out of school. I found this research interesting because all too often income and parents' education, whether they went to university and so on, are singled out as important factors in future success of the child. Just having loads of books in the house seems though to be even more important as a predictor of future academic achievement. Often, we get sidetracked into the idea that good teaching at schools is connected with good outcomes for the pupils. It is probably more the case that industrious and well behaved pupils attract the good teachers to the schools in the first place and that home background is really the key to understanding why kids from some schools do well and those from others fail miserably.
In short, it is parents and how keen they are on books and reading which might provide the key to how children get on educationally, regardless of whether they attend school or not. This is very good news for those of us whose homes contain (a.) thousands of books and (b.) a child who did not go to school! I have felt for many years that this is a very important facet of education in both schooled and home educated children; it is nice to see my preconceived ideas confirmed in this way.