Socialization Snobs

Socialization Snobs

Don’t let the “adult language” scare you away from this one. The language in question is a quote from a teacher’s blog, recounting a conversation she heard via 13-year-old kids!

Note: This column includes adult language.
Ask any homeschooling parent why they homeschool, and you’re likely to receive as many different replies as there are families. Some of the common reasons include religious freedom, academic improvement, one-on-one tutoring and increased family closeness.
But for us, the single biggest reason we school at home correlates to the single biggest criticism homeschoolers get: socialization. Yes, it’s largely due to the “socialization” children get in public schools that convinced us to homeschool.

The scene she describes of homeschooled kids interacting is exactly what I witness at our group events and co-ops.

Everyone associates with everyone. Teens dandle babies. Twelve-year-olds play gentle tag with 5-year-olds. If one child gets snarky with another, there are five or six moms (as well as older kids) around to see the bad behavior and instantly correct it, so it seldom gets out of hand. Manners are expected and reinforced. This is the breeding ground for homeschooling socialization. Read more…

Comments about homeschooling / socialization

Comments about homeschooling / socialization

The Asbury park Press has a roundup of reader-comments on a recent homeschooling story. Most are very positive with more than a few good points to ponder.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A Feb. 8 story focused on the growing number of families choosing to educate children at home and whether the stereotype still exists that homeschooled children lack the social and academic skills needed to succeed in the world.
Our readers have been discussing the pros and cons of homeschooling for the past week. Join the conversation in our Forums’ Hot Topics at Read more…

Homeschool is family-time

When you send your children off to school in the morning chances are you don’t see them again for several hours.
The time away from home is one reason many families choose to home school.
The families we spoke with say home school isn’t for everyone, but both the moms we interviewed agree: The benefits outweigh the sacrifices. Read more…

Homeschooled children anti-social?

Martha Bachert is sick of the question: How do your children meet anyone if they’re home-schooled?
“We’ve all heard it a lot,” she says. “We call it the ‘s-word’: socialization. Our lives are so full of it (socializing) that we have to say no. We have too much of that.”
Many home schooling families say a lack of socialization is the biggest myth they face when talking about their practice. There are plenty of options for their children to meet peers, they contend, and their children can avoid peer pressure by not being at a brick-and-mortar school. Read more…

Socialization: Homeschooling vs. Schools – It was Theodore Roosevelt who said, “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
Many homeschoolers share this sentiment when it comes to public schools, believing that the moral relativism, violence, peer pressure, drugs and promiscuity found inside their gates provide an inadequate setting to properly socialize their children. Read more…