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The Deck Chairs series has talked about the epic importance that home learning holds for everyone. Yet at the same time, not everyone sees it that way. It's like we have stumbled onto a valuable gift that might easily be mistaken for something else.

Part of the problem may be that homeschooling is not perfect, maybe it is in a sort of teenage era with its maturity. Seeing imperfections can be easy, especially when there seems to be a share of ideological opposition to it. And admittedly, homeschool learning can be perceived as inconsistent in quality and effectiveness.

One thing that has to be said is, despite concerns of some uninformed, the majority of family learning parents I have known devote unprecedented energy to educating themselves, finding quality resources and doing the best they can for their children. Yes, there are exceptions, but the percentage is often overblown by a fear of the unknown for people who are unaware.

In many places, there are obviously government policies to regulate homeschooling. In some, homeschoolers are supported by being allowed to participate to varying degrees in local government and international school programs and infrastructure. And a few even offer barely negligible homeschooling tax credits or refunds and possibly vouchers. So the question is, if homeschooling has the potential it does and has achieved as it has with *some* support, what would it accomplish if it received substantial friendly support?

Most governments pour uncountable efforts into educating, retraining and developing educators within public education, which is by model (generally) large, slow, and ineffective. For the investment that is made, little overall effect is gained. So what if that magnitude of effort and investment were turned to improving homeschooling?

Now a lot of homeschoolers do not want more regulation. I fully agree. In fact, some current regulatory levels for homeschooling are already excessive. But more regulation is not what is being suggested. If the goal is to guarantee a level of quality, why not offer development instead?

Many homeschoolers would understandably prefer autonomy. And it is within their rights to abstain from assistance. That is part of the home learning model which has to be accepted. But how many people are going to reject optional, non-coercive help for an activity that requires substantial personal investment in the first place? Especially if it were respectful to the intents, directions and personalities of the individual families.

The question of equal treatment could certainly come up because not everyone rightly can, should or does homeschool. But at the moment, home learners seem to be the ones not getting equal treatment. Objective consideration of things as they are looks like mass education people receive everything (many online education people can be included), some private schoolers receive something and homeschoolers receive comparatively little or nothing. So family learners should actually be due something. And on another note, what if voucher systems were revised to deal sufficiently with these considerations? Further, what if, instead of leading classes of 30 children, teachers were reassigned to partner with 30 homeschooling parents (who also happen to pay taxes) with the purpose of facilitating learning rather than schooling?

Homeschooling participation is at a level worthy of consideration. A quick look at the numbers shows it to be at least in line with families sending children to private schools. Someone should begin interfacing with homeschooling in a manner fitting of its influence and promise. With clear consideration of the ideas presented in this series, what could transpire if family learning were accorded the legitimacy and respect currently paid formal education? Some of the above ideas should be part of the conversation. And that would be best started yesterday.

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