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  • I have similar doubts about the quality of schools in that they, by necessity, teach to the median and have a hard time helping individuals excel. And of course we all want our kids to be at the high end.

    But I do think there is an important social component to school. Even with the negative stuff, you do learn some skills for dealing with other people--even if you just learn that other people are different.

    However, you make a good point about the negative stuff because it can just teach you bad social lessons. Deciding that someone is a big jerk so you will avoid them translates to work too, but isn't always the best lesson.

    The more I hear about other high schools, the more I think mine was much better than I realized. We had pretty good teachers, an excellent AP program, and good after-school type programs that were not all sports.

    What do home-schoolers usually do for social stuff? Do groups of home schoolers get together for some things? I suppose there are still some extra-curricular things kids can be involved in like sports.
    • But I do think there is an important social component to school. Even with the negative stuff, you do learn some skills for dealing with other people--even if you just learn that other people are different.

      Every homeschooled person I know is far better at social situations than the average schooled person I know, and the people I know who are worst at social situations all went to school.

      What do home-schoolers usually do for social stuff?

      All sorts of things. I don't even really know how to answer the
    • What do home-schoolers usually do for social stuff? Do groups of home schoolers get together for some things? I suppose there are still some extra-curricular things kids can be involved in like sports.

      Yes, I realize this is an old discussion. :)

      Lots of things. There are homeschool groups, as you mentioned. Plus lots of other organized activities available: sports, boy/girlscouts, chess clubs, rec-center memberships, etc. Just plain going to the park is a social activity. And for those who want it,

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