Well, it's better if it's better. That is, whether it's better is highly
context-dependent. There are home situations, parents and kids, in which
home learning isn't the thing to do. But when you have people who want the
freedom of learning at home, it's mighty cool.
And it doesn't come at the expense of community support & enrichment. We
moved to a new town just two months ago. Within a week we'd made contact
with a local home-ed group. Kids & parents meet at least once a week for
play & discussion & socializing. We made friends fast.
Then there's the net. There are many lists & websites for home-ed folks.
Many of them are *very* active. Virtual communities are no less real, no
lesss powerful, than physically proximal communities, so we reap that
benefit as well.
I suppose you might say home-ed groups are sort of like 'distributed
Sudburies' -- all we lack, in essence, is a central meeting place. We tend
to rotate meeting at homes or at parks or at libraries.