After all of the tragic school shootings, this should no longer be an issue, but it is. People seem to have the idea that children should be segregated into little age groups, taken away from their families and thrust into a violent, dangerous, unhealthy environment in order to become ‘healthy adults’. Seems to us that if that method worked, then Columbine wouldn’t be a household name.
At no other time in a human being’s life is he segregated by age except during his school years. Then, after having only been around other kids, he is supposed to go out into the world and be a grown-up, and deal with people of all ages.
We are not raising our children to be adults anymore. Instead, we are raising adult-aged children. Check out any bookstore or coffee house. They’re full of people in their 20’s and 30’s who are dressing and acting like they’re still in High School or College. They don’t know how to be adults. So they stay where they are.
However, statistics have shown, time and again, that home schooled children are better able to make the transition into the “real world” than are public school children. Home schooled kids are also better at interacting with people of all age groups, because in a family, and in the real world that homeschoolers live in, that’s what you do.
The other concern is always that homeschoolers don’t have any social activities. I suppose that could be true for some homeschoolers somewhere. But I’ve never met them. All the homeschoolers that I know (and I know hundreds!) are all so busy with their children’s social lives that they have to have appointment books to keep up with the schedule. Personally, I use not only my iPhone, but an old-fashioned Franklin-Covey weekly ring-bound appointment book as well, because the act of writing things down really helps me remember. Still, with my iPhone, I can set alarms to remind me to do stuff like return library books or take the dog in to be groomed. I need alarms! LOL
We keep cutting things out of our schedule, and still don’t have enough hours in a day. We have 4-H, Girl Scouts, acting classes, play practice, cooperative unit studies, field trips, support group meetings, church functions, and just meeting other homeschoolers at the park. And that’s in a typical week! Trust me, I’ve never known any home schooled kids that suffered from loneliness or boredom. That’s all I’m going to say on the subject of socialization right now. I could fill a whole web site on this issue, but suffice it to say, we believe that the best way for our children to be “socialized” is for them to be at home.