Many argue kids need school for development beyond academics. School is critical in helping students to learn how to make friends, to interact with peers, collaborate with others, and negotiate boundaries. While many homeschooling advocates strongly disagree with the idea that homeschooled children have socialization problems, this Australian homeschooling mother agrees that it can be an issue.
When a child enters school, they are joining a community. Schools work very hard to build this community; to foster a sense of belonging and pride among its students, staff, parents and the wider community....School children have the opportunity every day to interact with other children, play sport alongside them, problem-solve together, negotiate with teachers and argue and disagree with other students.
And with the exception of parents who were homeschooled themselves, parents who homeschool have no idea the social difference. How strange the world can be if a LOT of attention isn't paid to socialization. How many school services they were probably able to take for granted.
But blogger Matt Walsh argues against the assembly-line, one-size-fits-all ethos of so much American public schooling.
Many people are thoroughly disgusted with the way we treat education in our country. We don’t need to be studying our kids like lab rats, running academic experiments on them, and then comparing and contrasting their performance with the other kids across town, and the kids across the world, and the kangaroos in the zoo. Education is not a competitive sport.
But advocates say homeschooled kids have the same access to learning, friendships, and extracurriculars as public school students do—but without many of the drawbacks, like standardized tests, crowded classrooms, and bullying.
Other arguments against homeschooling: it's hard to measure homeschooling systems to make sure the academic needs of children are met. And the disadvantages of being reared outside of mainstream culture are felt strongly by some homeschoolers later in life.
When I grew up and had social problems, I just blamed myself because, again, it never crossed my mind that I wasn’t well socialized. It took online bloggers and online community—sharing stories together—before I realized that actually, I have socialization problems as a result of my homeschool years.
But then look at the amount of bullying, social ostracizing, and shaming that can happen at public schools. For some kids, depending on their learning abilities and development, learning at home could be the most beneficial choice.
Maths, physics, chemistry, they all deserve people who are interested in them, just as a violin deserves a musician who really WANTS to play the violin.