I had a curious experience the other day which couldn't help but confirm my impression that home educated children (particularly those who are treated respectfully) have a different (and I would say much better) take on life.
We went to an ice rink in a part of the world we didn't know at all. It was during the school holidays and the rink had a reasonable number of children in it. After about 10 mins of sitting on the side with a sore calf muscle, and having had a chance to watch the other skaters, I informed Dh that "I bet that group over there are home educators".
I couldn't have consciously told you why I thought that at that point, but on reflection, I realise it was because all the children clearly loved each other, played so respectfully, mixed across age groups, were concerned for and helped the younger children extensively and the adults in the group spoke to all the children unusually respectfully.
On finding a chance to talk to the group, I was proved right, and now I think about it, this actually isn't the first time I've done this. I did it in two other places as well, though on these occasions, with just one family each time.