I just found an article by someone else that adresses socialization.  Clamp your tongue firmly in your cheek, everyone!  It’s not the one I was looking for, but it’s good.    Many thanks to http://homeschoolblogger.com/hmschlmomto2/


When my wife and I mention we are strongly considering homeschooling our children, we are without fail asked, ‘But what about socialization?’
We determined we do not want our boys and girls to grow up to be Socialists.  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 (our kids) to report us to the authorities in the event we mention faith, religion, or try to bring up morals and values.
 – From the Kolbe Little Home Journal, Fall 2005


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3 Responses to

  1. Hey, thanks for the quote. I didn’t mean to “steal”…I just thought it was really good. šŸ™‚

  2. samcgarber says:

    Thank You Sonlight! šŸ™‚

  3. Confanity says:

      Apparently you’ve forgotten to tell us which day you teach them to use stereotypes, straw men, and worse-case scenarios to dismiss an entire complex argument.  I take especial issue with the final line above.
      How about, for example, the “socialization” aspect where people learn to deal with people that they otherwise would just avoid?  How about being exposed to a wide range of worldviews?  How about learning to face difficulties and differences instead of hiding from them?  How about the part of public schooling where you realize that morality can be addressed without prayer in school?  How about the part where you realize that forcing JEEZUS into every aspect of life doesn’t fly in a world where not everyone follows your particular religion?  As someone who received public schooling – as a staunch nerd, no less- and who knows a number of home-schooleds, I’m going to come out and say that public schooling DOES have clear socialization benefits over home-schooling unless the latter is done extremely well, much in the manner than a neighborhood association leads to better socialization than an internet message-board does.  And that the tendency for damage is far less than the popular media (including childrens’ fiction) make it out to be.
      Oh, speaking of fiction – since when are children really singled out and tormented mercilessly for the slightest deviation from a norm?  I’m more familar with a system where every school is full of oddball cliques – band geeks, stoners, goths, and what-have-you – that essentially leave each other alone.  It might be worth taking a look at real public schools intead of some sort of 80’s drama fantasy of a school before you make your decisions.  And isn’t it the religious communities that tend to treat their black sheep the most cruelly anyway?  I’d rather be called names by someone I can afford to not-care-less-about than be excommunicated by my friends and family.

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