RE: [lascruceshomeschool] Hi
- Welcome, Margarita. Hmm, do I know you from somewhere. The name sounds so
familiar! Just kidding, of course, I know I know you.
People who are against homeschooling love to bring up the socialization
issue, but they fail to bring up the negative parts of socialization. It's
not all positive. Here is a good response that I copied from a message
board I visit:
"Well, if my daughter stays in school I'm afriad she'll miss out on her
family. I'm afraid we'll grow apart during her most important years. I'm
afraid one day I'll wake up and find out my kids have been raised by
teachers and taught by other kids. I'm afriad we will miss out on traveling
because it won't suit the schools schedule. I'm afriad my kids will learn
about sex, lies, backstabbing, prejudice, drugs and pain the HARD way. I'm
also afriad they would miss out on the special things that happen in our
everyday lives, just because you wouldn't want them to miss out on having a
15 minute a day lunch with 20 other kids and an organized play time."
Socialization in school isn't even "real world" socialization. In the "real
world" people interact with others of all different ages during the day. I
am looking forward to my children getting a lot of positive, real-world,
cultural socialization through volunteer work do as a family. I also LOVE
the fact that my children will spend their childhoods together and not
running in different directions from school to after-school activities, etc.
Anyway, here are a few links that discuss these issues:
Oh, and I am always jealous of those who started planning to homeschool
early! I am now trying to catch up and learn everything I can as quickly as
possible. I think you'd be an awesome homeschool mom!
- Hi Melani!
It's good to hear from you! I agree, socialization is
a two-sided coin. It is amazing (and scary) what kids
pick up at school not just from kids but substitute
teachers. Also, each year is a gamble with teachers.
Some out there are absolutely phonomenal but you just
never know what you're going to get and I hate the
thought of sacrificing a year in the life of my
I love your answer and the points you bring up. I'm
going to have to memorize some of it for when I start
telling people I'm thinking of HS. I haven't really
told anyone (other than hubby) because I can feel the
wave of judgement coming as the eyes widen. I'm not
informed enough yet to defend why I want to do this
but with the help of this group I plan to get there.
You are just a wealth of information! Thanks for the
websites, I'll have plenty of homework to keep me busy
for now. How do you find the time??
Thank you so much for the vote of confidence.
Compliments mean a lot when they come from those we
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