Thursday, March 5, 2009

Homeschooling Cartoon

I still find it hard to believe that the perceived lack of socialization in homeschool students remains an issue. It really is a bunch of malarkey. Most homeschool students I know, and that is quite a few, have extremely busy social schedules. And what more they are able to interact with a wide variety of people.

We had our homeschool group's International Night last week. At the end of the night the children went off to play some group games. There were over 20 children from 2 years old to 14 years old playing all sorts of games. Everyone was included. Everyone cheered and supported each other. The older children helped the younger children. The younger children looked up to the older children. It was heart warming to see, and in complete opposition to what we see when we go to the local public school to pick up children we watch after school. On those trips it never fails that we see older children bullying younger children, clicks of children where many are left out, disrespectful and rude behavior to adults and peers, and many more disturbing behaviors.

If what we observe in the school is the type of socialization that society wants for our children, I am happy to be radically opposed and seen as different. I know that my children will be better off with the socialization skills they have learned.

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