School system beats out home-schooling, 13 June 2007, Belleville Intelligencer, Belleville, Ontario, Canada But perhaps the greatest disadvantage is the difficulty in developing social skills.
Social skills cannot be learned merely through everyday interactions, such as trips to the mall, church, sports and clubs or visiting with neighbours. It is imperative kids learn how to have relationships with their peers – and that can rarely be accomplished in a home-schooling environment.
Kids need more than book smarts, they also need to learn about real life – with its perils and pitfalls – and develop the skills they need to cope with it. And those skills cannot be learned merely by enroling children in sports, church or community groups.
It is that lack of exposure to the real world that poses a danger for home-schooled children, particularly those who are taught by their parents right through their teen years.
When it finally comes time for them to leave the nest to attend college or university, they may not have the necessary skills to cope with the social aspects and pressures post-secondary living entails.
Oh, yeah. Like that problem is limited to homeschoolers.
- What makes kids drop out of college?, 4 May 2006, Harvard University Gazette Unfortunately, the number of children actually attaining those goals falls sadly short. “Of the 80 percent of freshmen who walk into Chicago public schools and hope to complete a four-year degree,” Roderick continued, “we would expect that about 6.5 percent, unless something changes dramatically, will be able to attain that degree by their mid-20s.” Yes, that’s 6.5, not 65, percent – with dramatic gender and racial gaps between the few who will make it and the many who will not. [emphasis added]
Maybe the emphasis on attaining life skills to deal with the ‘real world’ should be focused on schoolkids?
The rest of the op/ed is just about as accurate as the college part.
posted by Valerie