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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 les
    • 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, there's church, usually with a myriad of additional activities (which may include camps, trips, meals together, etc.). Hobbies and contests also make great opportunities (my wife, who was 100% homeschooled, raised rabbits for a few years and participated in several rabbit shows/competitions).

      Anyplace you go where there are people is an opportunity for socialization. The library, the grocery store, your front yard, your best friend's house (after school if he's not homeschooled, or during the day if he's as lucky as you are :) ), whatever.

      Plus, there's more to socialization than just dealing with one's peers. Homeschooled kids often get more chance to associate with adults than other kids. And I've got to admit that as a public-school kid I always preferred associating with adults, anyway. And today I still believe it is more important: after all, I started my job at 19 working with people nearly twice my age on average. The idea that I needed to spend years divided into other groups with kids exactly my age in order to prepare for the real world is flawed. Yes, some peer interaction is great and perhaps necessary, but some training for how to relate to an adult is equally important.

      Socialization is really a nonissue for homeschooling. Yes, there are some isolationist homeschoolers out there who believe in preventing their kids from having virtually any contact with the outside world. But they are very much the minority. My response to people who think we are going to shelter our kids is, "Shelter them?! Goodness, no! We expect them to be debating religion and politics on the Internet by age 6." :)

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