Socialisation in Schools v Home Schools
When a discussion arises in relation to Home Schooling or Home Education, people who are opposed to the idea always raise what they see as a lack of socialisation with this form of education?
Is socialisation that important that it takes precedent over critical areas such as school management,educational standards, curriculum, teacher training, teacher ability and the lack of discipline present in our schools?
In reality, if socialisation has that degree of importance, how does sitting quietly at a desk all day, with only 15 minutes for morning tea and an hr for lunch, mixing only with their own age group promote the whole range of social skills that each student will need to survive in this world?
On reflection, this appears to be a very narrow, controlled version of socialisation that removes interaction with all age groups, including older people almost totally from each child’s social grouping. Another rhetorical question on this issue would be “Is a State School an unnatural experience?”
The beauty of home schooling is you can choose the people with whom your children interact so that aspects of society such as bullying can be minimised and through relationships with the full age spectrum, children can learn to relate to all these people, appropriately.