One myth that plaques me the most as a homeschool mother is the assumption that my children are at a social development disadvantage. Socialization, socialization, socialization. My answer is always, “What does socialization mean to you?”
Romanowski (2006) wrote an article discussing various homeschool myths, and the very first myth was on the belief that homeschoolers are not as socially developed as their school peers. Educators, and the like, have argued that children, to achieve the fundamental social skills necessary to function in society, needed to socialize in a school setting with peers their age to gain outside social experiences. However, what critics fail to mention, or should I say realize, is that homeschoolers are exposed to many social activities that are equal to, and even better than, socialization settings presented by schools. Not to mention the bold fact, as Romanowski (2006) so clearly pointed out, “schools are not the only place that children can learn these basic life skills”.
Included in Romanowski’s (2006) article, are strong findings that reveal homeschoolers’ social developments and maturity levels are more advanced than that of their school peers. This is partly due to the opportunities homeschoolers can take advantage of, such as additional classes/lessons, extracurricular activities, field trips, multi-age group studies and overall more adult influence and guidance that are not typically offered, in abundance, to school students (Romanowski, 2006). However, this is not to suggest that all homeschoolers are more advantageous than their counterparts in social developmental areas, some really may be socially awkward. But can’t the same hold true for schools? Name one school that has no socially awkward students.
Romanowski, M. H. (2006). Revisiting the common myths about homeschooling. The Clearing House, 79(3), 125-129.