Sigh....oh dear, here we go yet again. As a perpetuation of a number of broadly erroneous myths about home education, you couldn't go far wrong with Channel 4's Wife Swap, as shown at 8 o'clock this evening. But before we get down to that myth busting stuff, it should also be said that we understand that the HE parents in this episode were very unhappy at the way their HE life was portrayed via the editing suite. No surprise there then.
OK, yawn, so home educated children are not cloistered in the home. Many of them, at their choosing, spend most of their days mixing with other people of all ages, in all sorts of different contexts - in visits to venues, at home education meetings, at other clubs of various sorts, in work environments, in classes, sports halls, etc, etc.
HE kids do learn about how to function in group structures, about the possibility of dealing with complex social situations, about how to address bullying, the great difference being that they do have options and adults on hand to help them out with this, so they very rarely become defeated and depressed in the way that schooled children can do.
It is very unusual for a child to be home educated when they don't want to be home educated.
It is perfectly possible to learn without the aid of a workbook.
OK, boredom with seeing myself writing this stuff yet again is starting to overwhelm me, so I would suggest that if there is anyone out there who needs a more reliable source of information about home education than a Wife Swap episode, I suggest you visit either Home Education UK or the Education Otherwise website.