I won't be signing this one
School education used to work OK sometimes until the government started funding it. Let's not ruin home education in the same way. He who pays the piper, calls the tune. Government officials do not and never will know better than good parents, what kind of education is best for each individual child. How can they, without living with the child and spending all their time with them?
There are many ways of securing funding to home educate without resorting to direct state funding. Groups can apply for funding grants, individuals can make use of freecycled and recycled resources, there are public libraries and museums with free admission. But generally, the greater part of learning is absolutely free of charge because it arises from discussion, debate, reading and just plain old thinking.
Ask any home educating family and they'll probably tell you that yes, they could do with more cash for activities, outings, resources and materials. But the vast majority would not accept that cash if it came directly from the government as 'funding for home education' for the very real fear that 'value for taxpayers' money' and all the teaching to the test that implies, will follow soon afterwards.
Home educators and their children are extremely lucky with the educational freedom we currently enjoy in this country. The country benefits from us in turn: both in the short term, with the savings we make for the education industry costs and in the longer term, when our children become financial assets to society. For the most part, we produce highly-motivated, creative, original thinkers who are vital to the progress and drive of our nation, now and in future decades - especially at a time when the schools seem to be turning out exactly the opposite.
Let's not let our greed spoil it.