One of the most frequently-asked questions about home-education is “But what about socialisation?” Those of us who are already home-educating know that socialisation is one of those things you only worry about until you start – but for those of you who aren’t home-educating (yet), here’s some reading about “socialisation”
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and the HEdNI FAQ on socialisation
In summary, this research concluded that homeschooled children are, on average, more academically and socially advanced than school-attending students, that the typical homeschooled child participates in a wide variety of “extracurricular” activities, that homeschooled students are more sociable than their school peers, and more independent of peer values as the grow older. Here’s a quote from the Director of Education Policy at the Fraser Institute:
“Popular belief holds that home schooled children are socially backward and deprived, but research shows the opposite: that home schooled children are actually better socialized than their peers. Some studies have shown that home schooled children are happier, better adjusted, more thoughtful, mature and sociable than children who attend institutional schools.”
“No thank you, we don’t believe in socialization” – from a Tennessee homeschool information site
Homeschooling – what is it? addresses socialisation and other “issues”