As more and more parents choose to homeschool, the concerns by critics over this issue have been largely laid to rest. Most children who have been educated at home are bright, articulate and capable of interacting with all age groups. While peer pressure is reduced, children are able to interact with others by choice (just like adults). Children have a unique opportunity to be apprenticed by their parents; not only academically, but socially as well.
One thing homeschoolers are good at is questioning preconceived ideas and accepted methodologies. There is one source of Truth. You won’t find the term “socialization” there. You will, however, find God’s design for families!
- The Best Kind of Socialization
Many homeschoolers recognize that there are two types of socialization: positive and negative. J. Michael Smith, examines both. “In fact, the most common question asked of homeschoolers is, ‘What about socialization?’ Thankfully, it is not difficult to turn the socialization question around and make a strong case for homeschooling.”
- Home-Schooling: Socialization Not a Problem
“Now we have a new longitudinal study titled ‘Fifteen Years Later: Home-Educated Canadian Adults’ from the Canadian Centre for Home Education. This study surveyed home-schooled students whose parents participated in a comprehensive study on home education in 1994. The study compared home-schoolers who are now adults with their peers. The results are astounding.” From the Washington Times.
- The Myth of “Missing Out”
“The assumption behind the question, ‘But what about socialization?’ is that spending large blocks of time at school with peers is ‘positive’ socialization.” Article by J. Michael Smith, President, Home School Legal Defense Association.
- Researchers Say Socialization No Longer an “Issue”
Facts for those who need them.
- Socialization: Homeschoolers Are in the Real World
Homeschoolers are frequently criticized for sheltering their children from the “real world.” Is spending 180 days a year in a classroom environment with forty or so children your exact age the “real world?” Great article by Chris Klicka.
- Socialization: Homeschooling vs. Schools
Research on the various aspects of socialization including discipling, negative socialization, operating in the “real world,” and witnessing. Article at CBN.com concluding, “Most home educators would not trade the blessings that homeschooling brings their families and society for the world.”