I don't home educate my children because I like to be weird.
It's a lot easier to do what everyone else is doing. Heck, if my kids were in school, I'd only have my two year old with me for several hours every day. We could go to play groups, take naps together, go shopping, meet friends for lunch, etc.
If my kids were in school, I would have lots more things to chat about with my friends and neighbours. If my kids were in school, I wouldn't constantly try to wring out an educational purpose in everything they do (they are making mud pies...um, cooperation! viscosity! weights and measures! MATH!!!).
If my kids were in school, I wouldn't have to fight against every supposition that society has about children and how they are supposed to learn, behave and live. I wouldn't have to fight against the local authority who thinks they have the right to inspect our home and how we teach our children. (they are not responsible for my children's education, I am)
If my kids were in school, I wouldn't have conversations with strangers in the street about how much I must hate having them around. (I don't)
If my kids were in school, I could blog more.
If my kids were in school, I might even have the time to get a job.
If my kids were in school, I wouldn't have first hand knowledge of their unbelievable ability to soak up information at a break-neck pace. I wouldn't be able to witness my nine year old teaching my five year old about plankton and life cycles. I wouldn't get to see my seven year old spend most of the day reading chapter books, when only a few months ago he barely read comics.
If my kids were in school, I wouldn't have the time to teach my kids about gardening, or cooking meals, or preserving foods for winter, or Ancient Egypt. (I know; they used to go to school and they barely had time to get homework done and into bed for the next day)
If my kids were in school, I wouldn't have the pleasure of hearing their endless knock-knock jokes and watching their intricate, character-based pretend play.
If my kids were in school, my toddler would miss them terribly. She cries when the girls go to Brownies and Rainbows, and follows her siblings around like a sweet little puppy.
If my kids were in school, I would not enjoy my life nearly as much.
I have to remind myself of why I do this, from time to time. It's hard work parenting 24/7, and a 6 hour break, five days a week, sometimes sounds appealing. It's also difficult knowing that we are such a small minority. There are two other families in my town that home educate, but none nearby. We get "looked at" a lot when we are out and about, and sometimes you just don't want the extra attention!
This is the right choice for our family, and the children are thriving. I love having them home with me, and that is what I hold onto when I get tired swimming upstream.