If you have been homeschooling (or thinking about it) for more than two weeks, you have probably encountered someone who has asked a question that seems more like a pronouncement:
“If you homeschool, how will your children be socialized?”
Those who bring this matter up may be thinking along one of the following lines:
1. Teaching children at home means that the students will be isolated with “just” mom, dad, and the siblings and won’t have opportunity to interact with others.
- 2. The children won’t have any friends nor know how to make friends.
- 3. Since school is an American institution, it must be un-American to reject it. Perhaps there is some anti-social or anti-American thinking involved for families who don’t participate in institutional schools.
- 4. The only way to get along with a variety of people is to be immersed in all that group social opportunities offer, so you can be exposed to all kinds of behavior.
- 5. Without proper immersion, a child won’t be tough enough to handle what the world can dish out.
- 6. “We all” went through the public school, and “we all” turned out OK.
- 7. Prejudice is bred by not being around different lifestyles, cultures, backgrounds, etc.
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