|Socialization of home school students is fine
- Posted 6/11/13
To the Editor:
The article in the May 19, 2013 edition of The Progress-Index titled "Number of Home School Students Increasing" made some references to socialization concerns of students being home-educated. This assumption that our kids aren't socially adept is discriminatory and sometimes on the verge of being intolerant. My husband's response to this kind of ignorance was always something like: Which one of these do you want me to work on with my kids; the drugs, alcohol, sex, disrespect or violence? We have our assumptions about social issues in the government schools too because we grew up there.
Do you know that education in big buildings for young children is a newer concept than the great experiment of our democracy? There are no ancient elementary, middle or high schools. Most education did not take place outside the family unit until children were older and that was usually under the mentor-ship of an individual. God gives direct commands to parents in the Bible to teach their children and take the responsibility for their training.- Deut. 6- The Christian community has given this role over to the government without hesitation and those of us who believe in God's plan for the family and live it, have to listen to people question if our children can be, or are, "socially normal."
I do not think that government schools can be called "socially normal" when children are segregated out by age. This is not how life will be for them in the future. Is everyone of the same age where you work? Nor can anyone tell me that government schools offer an all-the-time positive social experience. I don't have assumptions, I was there.
What are the results of homeschooling? For the last 20+ years as home-education has continued to grow, there have been thousands of home-educated graduates; maybe millions nationwide. Colleges actively recruit them. They are living and working all around you. A local homeschooling friend's daughter recently became a Washington Redskins cheerleader and another friend's son just graduated from VMI and another friend has three sons that work for NASA.
Our oldest son is a manager at a local business and our younger son purchased a franchise business last year. They both work with employees and customers all day long. Many employees at the local Ukrops over the years have been home-educated students. Could you tell who they were because they were "socially inept?"
Whether we home educate our kids or you send yours to the local public or a private school they all have their own personalities. Some are introverts and some are extroverts, some are happy-go-lucky and some are serious, some are obedient and some are not.
Please don't worry about the socialization of home-educated children. They are doing fine. How are the social issues at your child's school?