A Virginia homeschooler responded to a PTA mom’s concern about home educators’ “social and academic capabilities of dealing with real-world issues”. The article was reviewed here. Here’s an excerpt from Ann Hoopsick’s Letter to the Editor:
What are the results of homeschooling? For the last 20+ years as home-education has continued to grow, there have been thousands of home-educated graduates; maybe millions nationwide. Colleges actively recruit them. They are living and working all around you. A local homeschooling friend’s daughter recently became a Washington Redskins cheerleader and another friend’s son just graduated from VMI and another friend has three sons that work for NASA.
Our oldest son is a manager at a local business and our younger son purchased a franchise business last year. They both work with employees and customers all day long. Many employees at the local Ukrops over the years have been home-educated students. Could you tell who they were because they were “socially inept?”
Whether we home educate our kids or you send yours to the local public or a private school they all have their own personalities. Some are introverts and some are extroverts, some are happy-go-lucky and some are serious, some are obedient and some are not.
Please don’t worry about the socialization of home-educated children. They are doing fine. How are the social issues at your child’s school?
School Socialization is quite different from real world socializing. Homeschoolers practice the latter.