Whenever people learn we homeschool our kids, the follow-up response tends to be something asking about…
“But what about socialization?”
My response these days is that we let our children out of the dungeon for 30 minutes a day, they get to walk the perimeter of the yard twice, eyes downward, then it’s back into the cage.
Usually that response works because people see the exaggeration and realize the absurdity of not only my response, but their question. But for a moment yes, this is about what people think. That just because our kids don’t spend 8+ hours a day surrounded by others of their age that somehow our children will turn out socially retarded.
Today I hear about this story, of a 68-year-old bus monitor receiving all manner of abuse from middle-school kids.
Here’s the original video
What sort of socialization leads to this sort of behavior? Where 13-year-olds find it not just acceptable — but enjoyable — to abuse and drive an elderly woman to cry.
I refuse to allow my children to be around this is the sort of socalization.
So yeah… what about “socialization”?