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May 11, 2007

"Public School? Aren't You Worried About Socialization?"

That's the bumper sticker that Linda Whitlock used to have on her car. She's got a great article on the socialization of homeschool kids, including her grandchildren. OK, she may have a conflict of interest, but she still makes great points.

Posted by Doug at May 11, 2007 09:35 AM

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Tracked on May 11, 2007 11:10 AM


Thanks for this link. I asked, at this post, if homeschoolers should be asking the "what about socialization?" question regarding non-homeschooled children. I guess it already has been!

Posted by: Rusty at May 11, 2007 11:05 AM

I am a home schooling mom and I agree with this Grandma to a great extent. Society does think about socialization in terms of peer interaction. I have seen many home schooling parents argue that "home school students have plenty of opportunities to mingle with their peers."

"Mingling with peers" is not an accurate conceptual definition of socialization. I rather doubt that it is the definition that the educrats and others are considering when they argue that home schooled children are not socialized. These people do not care about how often our children mingle with their peers. They are not particularly concerned with how often our kids interact with people of all ages, races and religions. The socialization argument is directly related to how one thinks. It has to do with uniformity in society: a society of secular thinkers that believe man is the basis of all things.

A quick look in the dictionary:

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 (Random House, Unabridged)

To place under government or group ownership or control. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable. To convert or adapt to the needs of society. (American Heritage Dictionary)

Posted by: Julie at May 11, 2007 11:06 AM