My people believe that homeschool deprives kids of the socialization benefits that you get from public school. I believe that no matter what educational avenue a parent decides, the true result of any socialization is up to the parents and how they incorporate socilaization into the child’s life. There is an abundance of socialization tools out there now for homeschoolers and it is up to the parents to participate in them. You do not have to go to public school to do this. What do you think?
An article by Reverend Brenda Hoffman states, “Truth be told, most homeschool parents feel that the public school’s social life is enough of a reason for them to homeschool. This is because, in the majority of schools, the social life that takes place in public schools is mean-spirited, competitive, exclusive, status-seeking, snobbish, full of talk about who went to whose birthday party and who got what Christmas presents and who got how many Valentine cards and who is talking to so-and-so and who is not. This begins as early as first grade. You’ll see classes divide into leaders (usually the popular kids), their bands of followers, and other outsiders who you can tell have been excluded from these groups for one reason or another. Many parents will even note that they haven’t ever seen their children doing anything really mean or silly until their child(ren) went away to school.”
Give us your opinion on the differences of public school vs. homeschool socialization and what it is you do to incorporate socialization in your childs life.