by Amy Tjaden
Homeschool.com News Editor
One of the biggest myths we try to dispel as homeschoolers has to do with the dreaded “s” word. Socialization.
Somehow, our society has equated public school with the real world. I’m not sure how this has happened since public school has nothing to do with how the real world operates. I was not aware that the real world takes place within a building where you only spend time with people that were born the same year as you.
I recently talked to a friend who has a son in the public school. She was called into the school for a conference. Why? Because her son socializes too much. The argument is that you must send kids to public school so they can socialize but then they go to school where they get in trouble for socializing.
Homeschoolers are not stuck within the walls of an institution for eight hours a day. They are encouraged to interact with people of all ages from all walks of life. They do not need to be prepared to enter the real world. They are already in it.
While browsing around the homeschool boards recently, I came across something that I felt made an excellent point and in a most amusing way. I did some quick research trying to find the source. I found that this item titled “Homeschooling Family Finds Ways to Adapt to a Public School ‘Socialization’ Program.” It first appeared in the Kolbe Little Home Journal in 2005. Although it has been around for a few years, it was new to me and I felt it worth sharing.
“When my wife and I mention we are strongly considering homeschooling our children, we are without fail asked, ‘But what about socialization?’ Fortunately, we found a way our kids can receive the same socialization that government schools provide. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I will personally corner my son in the bathroom, give him a wedgie and take his lunch money. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my wife will make sure to tease our children for not being in the ‘in’ crowd, taking special care to poke fun at any physical abnormalities. Fridays will be ‘Fad and Peer Pressure Day.’ We will all compete to see who has the coolest toys, the most expensive clothes, and the loudest, fastest, and most dangerous car. Every day, my wife and I will adhere to a routine of cursing and swearing in the hall and mentioning our weekend exploits with alcohol and immorality…. And we have asked them to report us to the authorities in the event we mention faith, religion, or try to bring up morals and values.”
You know what they say. It’s funny because it is true.
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