By Nigel Boys
According to Kate Fridkis, blogger on skipping-school.com, most children who are homeschooled have more social activities than those who go to regular schools, contrary to the popular notion that they are anti-social and do nothing but sit at home and learn.
The homeschooled blogger went on to say that, during her childhood, she had so much more opportunity to socialize with people because she didn’t have to attend regular lessons and the benefits she gained from this experience have helped her greatly in life.
To be able to socialize with adults, when you are growing up, is very beneficial later in life, according to the blogger who visited nursing homes when she was 12 and became a lay clergy member of her synagogue at the tender age of 15. She adds that children who go to regular school and only have contact with those of their own age are the ones who are missing out on social activities, not home-schooled children.
Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute tends to agree with Fridkis. He adds that homeschooled children enjoy the benefits of a wider experience when it comes to socializing with others, including participating in community sports, volunteer activities, as well as learning from successful adults.
Ray went on to say that home-schooled children not only get along with others perfectly well, they actually excel in areas such as self-esteem and fitting in with other groups of children. He added that home-schooled children have less behavioral problems than those who go to public or private schools, as can be seen from the results of a study done by the Discovery Institute, Seattle, Washington in 2000.
During the study, counselors were shown videotapes of various children at play, according to Ray. He adds, although the counselors did not know which children were home-schooled, they picked these children as having the least behavioral problems when compared to those from regular school backgrounds.
One of the reasons Ray believes that home-schooled children have fewer behavioral problems is that they have more experience of mixing with adults who have learned to control their emotions and fit in with society.
In conclusion, Fridkis believes that provided home-schooled children get out of the house and meet other people, they will be more mature to get down to studying when the time comes for them to go to college.