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September 24, 2008



I knew there were good reasons I liked you. That is very well argued. And I would add that when there are school shootings we blame schools for not being safe enough when the causes of the distress that result in the shooting are outside the school system. Good examples of the troubles lots of kids bring with them to school, too. Too many parents assume that other kids are getting support and love and encouragement at home when there are a lot of them that are getting beaten.


Excellent article! The "socialization" that takes place in public schools is actually an argument that favors homeschooling for many of the people I know.

Maybe children who are socialized in public school grow up to be adults who assume it's ok for them to question strangers in Wal Mart about their educational choices. ;)

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School is bad socialization. Schools teach by their example that the weak must submit to the strong, that you have no right to protest (implicit) lies (e.g., "this curriculum is good for you").

Homeschooled children are better socialized than conventionally schooled children. Your best rebuttal is not words but the example you and your children set.

This is school socialization and parent control, compared.

And this...Please read this one page Marvin Minsky comment on school. http://www.rru.com/~meo/hs.minski.html

And this...Please read this article on artificially extended adolescence by Ted Kolderie. http://www.educationevolving.org/pdf/Adolescence.pdf

Keep homeschooling.


I agree, parents need to realize that sending their children to school does not mean passing responsibility for parenting to the schools. Personally I found it challenging to keep responsibility when school had control for such a large part of my children's days. That's one reason I chose to homeschool.


Well said! I think today's school education is no longer about academics. It is about indoctrinating kids.


Well said. I agree that we've placed undue obligations on the public school system. I further agree with SabrinaT about the real goals of public schools.

I'm concerned that so many of our fellow parents think that its acceptable to continue to blame agencies and the "government" for our problems. Parents need to acknowledge their role as responsible caregivers, mentors, and examples for their own children.

Thanks for being a voice for homeschooling out here.


If you're interested you can check out my wife's blog @ http://thehappyhousewife.com She homeschools my six children and loves to share her experience and learn from others.


I just got it when reading the first part of your post! I, too, that first year was negatively bombarded from complete strangers about my choice to homeschool my firstborn when he was 5. It's because the "it takes a village" does exist to some extent. We all know that "the magic age of 5" is when everyone goes off to school. The preschool vidoes from Barney to Sesame Street brainwash the children into being excited for "the time", and community members are simply excited to join the "support" for the parent with their child. "Oh, are you 5 now!? So, you're going off to SCHOOL!" And when that expected "support" is met with, "No, we're homeschooling," it's almost like there is an automatic reaction to this "normal support" not being needed in this instance. I found that after that first year, and my child was no longer 5, particularly the first of whoever was with me in the community, it was never a problem again.

As for everything else you said, I think you nailed it!



As a high school special ed teacher, I have had students who were homeschooled who came to volunteer in my classroom one day a week. They had a great rapport with my students and my students loved the help. I think many home schooled students have so many more learning opportunities than public school students if the parents use the opportunities. I think both systems have a place for our students and do not see socialization as a problem.

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