I once had someone ask me how much that state paid me to home school my kids, "ya know, for books and stuff" Shouldn't I at least get a portion of what a school would get to educate my children since I was taking responsibility for my children's learning. Ummm...no, I can get a tax deduction on state approved curriculum (which isn't much) but the benefits of teaching my children at home are priceless to our family.
I'm not trying to bash public schools or school teachers. Hopefully my friends/family who are teachers know me well enough to know they're doing a good job with a difficult situation and they're fulfilling a vital role. However, I believe the *system* itself is flawed and tends to stifle creativity and independent thought.
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What about Socialization? This is the most asked question I get. Silly me, I though school was supposed to be about education.
(the following was something that I copied a long time ago, I do not know who to give credit to)
When people talk about and debate the issue of homeschooling socialization, they are discussing whether children are acquiring the proper social skills in a home educational environment as opposed to the
traditional classroom. Some critics will say that a homeschooling environment where social interaction is limited, is detrimental to a childs growth and development.
But sociological and scientific studies have proven this perception to be wrong of social skills. We need good social skills for all of the important relationships in our lives; career opportunities, healthy marriages,
good parent/child rapore, etc. The question here is whether a childs ability to acquire social skills depends on an abundance of peer interactions such as children experience in public schools, or whether
they are improved more rapidly in a healthy home education environment. In part the answer to this question lies in where the child will develop the healthiest measure of self-esteem, as this factor greatly
influences the level of confidence and others-centeredness with which they relate the research so our readers can judge for themselves according to the evidence.
1. Dr. Raymond Moore, author of over 60 books and articles on human
development, has done extensive research on homeschooling and
socialization. "The idea that children need to be around many other
youngsters in order to be 'socialized,'" Dr. Moore writes, "is perhaps
the most dangerous and extravagant myth in education and child rearing
today." Children often do not respond well to large groups. They become
nervous and overexcited by noise and too many people. Learning becomes
difficult. Behavioral problems develop. After analyzing over 8,000 early
childhood studies, Dr. Moore concluded that, contrary to popular
belief, children are best socialized by parents -- not other children.
2. Dr. Thomas Smedley believes that homeschoolers have superior
socialization skills, and his research supports this claim. He conducted
a study in which he administered the Vineyard Adaptive Behavior Scales
test to identify mature and well-adapted behaviors in children. This
test evaluates communication skills, socialization, and daily living
skills. Smedley found that the home-schooled children were more mature
according to the scores of the Vineland scales, scoring in the 84th
percentile, while the public school children scored in the 23rd and 27th
3. The Discovery Institute, a Seattle research facility, published an
extensive report on homeschooling in 2000 written by Senior Fellow Dr.
Patricia Lines. She describes several controlled studies comparing the
social skills of homeschoolers and nonhomeschoolers. The homeschoolers
scored as "well adjusted." In one study, trained counselors viewed
videotapes of mixed groups of homeschooled and schooled children at
play. The counselors didn't know the school status of each child. The
results? The homeschooled kids demonstrated fewer behavioral problems.
Dr. Lines' conclusion? "There is no basis to question the social development of homeschooled children."
4. Here is an excellent link for several different studies of Canadian research on the socialization of homeschoolers: http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/socialresearch.htm.
5. Gary Knowles, University of Michigan Assistant Professor of
Education, released a study done at the University of Michigan which
found that teaching children at home will not make them social misfits.
Knowles surveyed 53 adults who were taught at home because of ideology
or geographical isolation. He found that two thirds were married, which
is the norm for adults their age. None were unemployed or on welfare. He
found more than three fourths felt that being taught at home had helped
them to interact with people from different levels of society. He found
more than 40% attended college and 15% of those had completed a
graduate degree. Nearly two thirds were self-employed. He stated, "That
so many of those surveyed were self-employed supports the contention
that homeschooling tends to enhance a person's self-reliance and
independence." Ninety-six percent of them said that they would want to
be taught at home again. He stated, "Many mentioned a strong
relationship engendered with their parents while others talked about
self-directed curriculum and individualized pace that a flexible program
of homeschooling permitted." (From University of Michigan-Ann Arbor,
study of home school adults by Assistant Professor of Education, J.Gary
Knowles, Associated Press article entitled, "University Study Says
Home-Taught Children Won't Become Social Misfits," appearing in the
"Grand Haven Tribune" 9 March 1993.)
6. Susan McDowell, author of "But What About Socialization? Answering
the Perpetual Home Schooling Question: A Review of the Literature," has
researched 24 clinical studies on the socialization of homeschoolers,
according to Bristol Herald Courier. "It's a non-issue today," said
McDowell, who earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Vanderbilt
University. She said the research showed homeschooled children to be
7. Dr. Larry Shyers Ph.D. recieved his degree at the University of
Florida in part by conducting research on the "Comparison of Social
Adjustment Between Home and Traditionally Schooled Students". Shyers
looked at how homeschooled children related with other children. Shyers
found no significant difference between his two groups in scores on the
Children's Assertive Behavior Scale. But in direct observation by
trained observers, he found that home-schooled children had
significantly fewer problem behaviors (as measured by the Child
Observation Checklist's Direct Observation Form), than traditionally
schooled children. This was observed while children played in mixed
groups from both kinds of schooling background. This observational study
was reported in some detail in the 1992 Associated Press article.
Shyers conclusion was that contact with adults, rather than contact with
other children, is most important in developing social skills in
Those are just a few of the studies done on homeschooling socialization.
Socialization which occurs when 15 to 30 kids of the same age are
placed in a classroom together week after week, is not of a healthy
nature. Many children who are put into the very competitive school
environments often end up lacking the confidence to hold a conversation.
How many public schooled children do you know who show genuine interest
in conversation and interaction with people of various age groups,
especially their elders? Conversely you will often find such to be the
case with homeschoolers.
Peer pressure is enormous in the traditional classroom. This results in
rivalry, ridicule, and competition. Kids feel like they need to look and
sound and be like everyone else, at the risk of forgetting their own
values or perhaps never discovering who they really are. Does this
environment foster healthy socialization skills?
Many homeschoolers are often found enjoying social experiences such as
museums, parks, church and educational activities. They travel,
participate in Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H, and sports. They take art,
dance, drama, and music classes, just to name a few. Children who learn
at home are more aware of their purpose in life and ask intelligent
questions and make accurate observations. As you can see there is much
evidence to support the positive results of homeschooling socialization.
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