The Socialization Myth Again Proven False

I just read this story published at the Home School Legal Defense Association website that addresses the socialization critique of homeschooling. Another study has been done and it completely destroys the myth the home schooled children suffer from not being “socialized” and will not be able to function in society once they become adults.

In my personal experience this is still the number one comment we get when people find out that we home school our children.  It may take different forms but it is still the same objection.  My response is always the same.  It is our responsibility as part of our homeschooling to make sure that our children know how to function in society.  The academics are just one part of homeschooling.  I also like to point out that most of the “socialization” that kids get in the public school setting is negative and that most parents have to spend time trying to correct it.  This is a battle that they will lose in most instances.  When kids spend that much time with their “peers” their parents cease to be the primary influences in their lives.   So we then have to ask the question:  Do we really want our children to be “socialized” according to society’s standards?

Think about it………

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3 Responses to The Socialization Myth Again Proven False

  1. Robert says:

    You wrote: “Do we really want our children to be “socialized” according to society’s standards?”

    That’s a good point. Thinking back to my formative years (High School mostly), I’d have probably done quite well w/o the influence a lot of my peers had on me.

    I have known people over the years who were homeschooled & were indeed not the most socially skilled. Of course that is only anecdotal evidence. I wonder, though, if they would have been that way regardless of how they were schooled.

    As you can tell, I am strongly ambivalent about the whole topic. 🙂

    Robert

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  2. johnmcgeough says:

    Having spent the greater part of my life teaching in public schools I can tell you for sure that, at present, public school socialization is not what most parents would want for their kids. Profanity is rampant. Everywhere from hallways to classrooms one can her F*&# you in all it’s myriad forms. Speech regarding sexuality to the most gross links are constantly heard. Bullying is present in so many schools. Kids learn it is not cool to be smart. No, school socialization is not what I would want for my child.

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  3. Tom Shelton says:

    John,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. The state of the public school system is truly sad. It is to the point now that I doubt that it can be fixed. It is just one of the reasons why we have chosen to home school our children. I would love to see others do the same.

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