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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sacrificing socialization for intelligence?

Typical Group of Homeschoolers
I just read another one of those TIRESOME articles about how homeschooling is great and all, but we are sacrificing socialization and well-roundedness for intelligence.


Call me an education snob, but I think that's a fair trade.

 While the student dubbed "most friendly" in high school may do a great job in sales... a very good job with commissions in the six figures even, the kid ignored from the list altogether because he is too nerdy to make the popularity contest will start companies like Apple and Facebook and make millions.

While I am not necessarily expecting this kind of genius from my kids, I am expecting them to be the best at what they are passionate about because they have been given the time and resources to concentrate on those things rather than worry about being popular.

With that said, I feel like I need to address another aspect of this socialization question that I have been seeing as of late.  I keep noticing people saying that homeschooling keeps kids from learning about other cultures. i.e. blacks won't get to learn more about white people, and white people won't know about blacks, and never mind anyone knowing Hispanics and Asians to have yet to have invaded the ranks of the homeschoolers en masse.

But here's a question:  Will you know a person better by sitting next to them in a classroom, or by inviting them to your home for a meal and going to theirs?  I dare say the latter. Homeschooled kids may not get a great quantity of time with people of other cultures, but if they are like my family, they will get quality, one-on-ine time in each others' homes and spaces.

So once again, another homeschooling argument is proven false.


Image:  By Kingdom Baptist Some rights reserved

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