Studies of home education in the USA seem to be happening on a fairly regular basis and so far always show that children who are home educated are doing as well or more often better than their schooled peers. A new study (opens pdf) has been reported in the New American that estimates as many as two million children are now being educated by their parents. H/T Zoe Romanowsky
Studies like this do not seem to happen so much in the UK, and after the way Ed Balls and Co behaved are hardly likely to happen successfully. But I do wonder if the increase in HS in America is mirrored by the same thing happening here?
Totally anecdotally, from my experience of American homeschoolers online whether on blogs or forums, I get the impression that there is more recognition over there that children need parents to be parents. Over here the rights and responsibilities of parents have been so undermined they are practically crushed.
The media in this country has been largely antagonistic to home education, but even bad press has raised awareness and seems to make more people ask questions.
I watch the American HS community with interest. I think those who believe that the future belongs to HS families might be true.