Can homeschooling hinder the socialization of a child?

Do you think that homeschooling has a negative effect on children’s social skills development?

8 Answers

  1. I’m sure it can, and it typically does.
    You need to find other ways to socialize, and it’s not easy for children.

    Chang Chao Chang Chao Answered
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  2. I don’t think so. Try searching the internet.
    I remember reading an article about homeschoolers actually being better socialized and having better social skills.

    Donny Donny Answered
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  3. I believe it’s not really the school type that defines a person’s ability to socialize.
    I know a woman who is 32 now, she still has troubles with her social skills because of her over-protective (rather, over-controlling) mother. This woman she used to attend a usual school, and church functions besides it.
    And that’s all.
    I guess she would be less likely to rebel if she was a homeschooler, if she hadn’t known what the life of other people is like, but in the end, it’s not the type of school, it’s her mother’s behavior that caused the trouble.
    Besides, the school environment is not that diverse. Personally I know about a dozen of homeschooled people, and, you know, they manage differently.
    One of them did not go beyond high school, but most went to university and graduated. All of them are married now, so their skills were at least good enough for that)) Some of them are more successful, others are less successful.
    Some of them are good at socializing and others are not. And you know what? Look at public schoolers: it’s the same story with them.
    I think your skills do not depend on the type of schooling only.

    Anen Anen Answered
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  4. Your child will only grow socially awkward if you do not take him/her out. Regular school helps in this respect, but it is up to you to provide a more diverse environment. For example, my homeschooled children go to karate, gym, and attend various one-time/regular events.
    My daughter loves art, and her brother doesn’t mind it, so we also visit museums.
    In the ends, we meet with people from various parts of the city, of various ages and with various interests. I think it is a better experience, and so far I have not noticed that they have any troubles in socializing.
    My daughter is a bit more active, but it is something I attribute to the personality and temperament. Just don’t lock your child up and try to encourage him/her to socialize.

    Dolores Dolores Answered
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  5. People have been homeschooled for ages. All the great leaders you’ve read about had been homeschooled.
    If anything, the modern youth community promotes only the worst of values (pettiness, greed, sexuality, etc), it may be beneficial to isolate the child from such a society.

    Iska Iska Answered
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  6. School is not the only source of social skills, there is any number of them. Sports, arts, church – you pick.
    Besides, homeschooling will help you child avoid the problems of schools like bullying, and the better academic background they will get will improve their self-esteem.
    If you feel that your child does not develop social skills because of homeschooling, introduce activities that would help him (or is it her?(: ) in your curriculum.
    That should solve the problem (:

    Lu dzi Lu dzi Answered
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  7. I think you fell prey to government propaganda 🙂 They don’t want us to teach children at home.
    They want to brainwash our kids in their schools. I don’t know about you, but I had much more communication after school with my friends.
    Socialization is not about the school. In general, the school’s not about teaching – at least, it’s terrifyingly ineffective in this respect.

    Abelardo Abelardo Answered
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  8. It’s up to parents. You should try to enroll your child in various courses and programs (drama, basketball, whatever) or simply encourage to meet other kids.

    Iriny Iriny Answered
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