Today while browsing #homeschool on Twitter, I ran across a tweet that said that homeschool parents needed to find a life for their kids outside of home. That socialization is a key to survival in life and homeschool parents need to cut the cord and NOT HOMESCHOOL.
Well, to say that it initially really made me angry was an understatement. I wanted to blast off a tweet telling this person that my kids are both homeschooled and socialized but 140 characters just didn’t allow me enough space to say all that I wanted to say. So instead, I thought about it. Do people really still believe that homeschoolers lock their children in the house, pull the drapes closed and not allow their children to see the world outside? Hello! Wake-up people! Homeschoolers are not socialized? Come on. Get with it.
Do you know what public school taught me? That people beneath me in school were somehow inferior, that my parents were old and stupid, that people older than my parents were ancient and that if I was different from the “in crowd” I was somehow weird. Yeah. I learned a lot about socialization in school and it’s taken me years to unlearn it. I do not want the type of socialization that the school setting offers for my children. That is not real socialization. When in life will you ever again be surrounded with peers of the same age? Never.
At this exact moment, one of my unsocialized kids, who will talk to ANYONE, is in the camp office speaking to three retired Army veteran’s. He talks to them about Douglas MacArthur, WWII, Korea, Vietnam (can you believe there is a veteran who fought in all three battles?), pocket knives, muscle cars, church and God. My other unsocialized child is chatting with friends of all ages on Facebook and my other child is working on helping me plan a field trip for some area teens next week. Unsocialized? I think not.