“Your kids are homeschooled?! What about socialization?!”
What about socialization?
So, do I socialize them? What do you mean by that? Do they have friends? Do they behave? Do they know how to hold a conversation?
What is socialization?
According to Wikipedia, socialization is a term used by sociologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, political scientists and educators to refer to the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within his or her own society.
So the question I’m being asked is, am I teaching my children to conform to the beliefs and actions of our society?
When I think of what I read in the news, or what I see around me, or what is considered mainstream, I don’t think I am. It doesn’t bother me though.
Read Kimberley’s full story on the lessons of socialization and humanization in our March-April issue. Subscribe.