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Thursday, November 14, 2013

But what about socialization?

Seriously, I can't believe this question is still asked about homeschoolers, but it is.  Constantly.  Before quality of eduction even.  "What about socialization?  Kids need to go to school to learn socialization."

First, the definition.  Socialization (noun) - a continuing process whereby an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior, and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.

No, we don't want that from school.  The end.

Now, maybe they mean will they be socialized (verb) - to make social; make fit for life in companionship with others?

Yes, they will.  The end.
Josh is usually the only one under 55 at bluegrass jams.
It's really that easy.  There are many books, articles, and blog posts that share the ways homeschoolers are involved with a wide variety of group activities.  It's been proven countless ways that homeschoolers manage just fine in the real world.  Yet the question continues.
They manage to make friends of all ages.
But how can socialization at school be the answer when there's no other time in life where you are surrounded by peers of only your own age?  At your job, you will compete with older people with more experience and younger people with more education.  You will collaborate with people with vastly different interests, backgrounds, values, morals, religions, etc, most of which aren't all that different in classrooms. 

Where can kids prepare for this then?  At pretty much every activity outside of school. 
So my kids are fine.  Your kids are fine.  The end.  ❤

2 comments:

James Wells said...

I agree with you 100%. My kids are already out of school and families of their own but most of the children of today, like mine did spend too much time in their room, on the phone, or playing video games. The advantage of meeting NEW people and seeing NEW places in today's world is so important. At age 59 I made my first trip out of this country and boy did it open my eyes to what I had missed. My stepdaughters spent time during teen years in several countries of Europe and South America and they have a much better understanding of today's world than my children. Time marches on and education and socialization has to move out of the neighborhood and into the world.

Amber said...

Love it. Great post!