Essay about Socialization : Homeschooling Vs. Schools

755 Words May 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Having just reviewed homeschooling types and curriculum, I want to now examine socialization. This is a big topic for many people both for and against homeschooling. There is a widely held belief is that homeschooled children lack socialization skills, commonly labeling them as socially isolated. This common view may be oversimplifying, homeschooled children actually have greater opportunities to get to know, work with and meet people of all ages and backgrounds. They gain socialization skills through community involvement, volunteering, art or music activities, joining sports programs, attending homeschool group meetings and going on field trips with other homeschool families. Homeschool proponents would also counter the argument that children are missing socialization skills that take place in the schools with experiences they are having in the real world using these skills. Michael F. Haverluck author of “Socialization: Homeschooling vs. Schools” writes on “Instead of being locked behind school gates in what some would consider an artificial setting characterized by bells, forced silence and age-segregation, homeschoolers frequently extend their everyday classroom to fire departments, hospitals, museums, repair shops, city halls, national parks, churches and colleges, where real community interaction and contacts are made.” In other words, he is stating that socializing is more authentic and intentional when practiced outside of the traditional school setting.…

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