I probably shouldn’t comment on Dr. Phil because I’ve never seen a single episode ofÂ the program.Â But then, I don’t think he’s homeschooled, and he has opinions, so I assume I’m within my rights.
- Dr. Phil Show, 18 Oct 2005, No room for compromiseÂ and To Home School or Not To Home School
Children who are home schooled through eighth grade exhibit no disruption in social development and evolution. To make home schooling work, parents must make the time commitment, the money commitment, the lifestyle commitment to provide that academic environment for the child at home.
The subheading for this section is, "Dr. Phil looks to the research."Â Has there been ‘research,’Â broken down between the rough ages of five to thirteen, and fourteen to eighteen, on social development concerning homeschooled kids?Â If so, what is it?Â It’s encouraging that Dr. Phil has this positive research and I hope he shares.
- In addition, the parents should make the effort to have the child participate in extra-curricular activities of their peer group, such as sports, YMCA activities, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, church groups and socials, etc.
So, I suppose,Â should parents who have their children in public or private schools.Â Â I know I had at least one stern teacher per year who quashed classroom talking with the admonition, "We are not here to visit with our neighbors."Â Still, in Scouts, and youth activities, the same thing was pretty much the rule:Â the group’s purpose was the focus, not visiting with my neighbors.Â The only place I was free to ‘socialize’ with my peers was walking to and from school, and in the neighborhood.
- Limited tests have shown that home schooled children have above-average social and psychological development through their exposure to many different age groups and other activities to boost their social development.
So the concern about extra-curricular activities is …..?
- However, once kids get to high school age, social development is important. They become more independent and benefit more from being in a public or private school.
Well, Dr. Phil, I accidentally conducted an experiment with children raised in the same family.Â Â Our eldest child was publicly schooled.Â The younger three were publicly schooled for a few years,Â and then homeschooled through the equivalent of high school graduation.Â The kids are all adults now and seem to be equally able to get along with peers and co-workers.Â The main difference I saw was that with the homeschooled group, there wereÂ fewer gray hairs earned by the parents because of unsuitable friends, and fewer sleepless nights.Â But that’s just one opinion from someone who’s been there and done that.