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Long-Term Effects of Homeschooling I have been homeschooling my two children for eight years now, and would like to make a simple point. Every child is different. It is possible for one child in a family to be very well socialized, while another fits the homeschool stereotype. This is the case with my two children.

My daughter seems to fit in very well indeed. She is often asked to parties, talks on the phone incessantly, and seems very comfortable in most (if not all) social situations. When she encounters problems that would have had me in tears as a preteen, she simply discusses it with me and moves on. I am amazed by her social abilities.

My son, on the other hand, does not fit in so easily. Even though he did attend school for three years, he seems to struggle with maintaining social relationships. Interestingly, he also had problems fitting in during his private school days - before we even considered the prospect of homeschooling. He is a very intellectual sort, and just does not seem to have a flair for socializing, particularly in large groups.

It seems that no matter how hard I try to help my son become socially involved, he gravitates toward solitary pursuits. I have noted similar socialization patterns in other homeschooling families I have met in co-op classes - one child extroverted, another introverted in the same family.

I believe that regardless of the schooling situation, my daughter would be more at ease in a group, while my son would be more capable with his studies. If you are concerned about the long-term effects of homeschooling, take a long look at your children's personalities before you begin. I believe that that personality sets the socialization tone. Truly, every child is different.

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  • I homeschooled through junior high and high school. I agree that there are some social disadvantages to homeschooling, but I think that they can be avoided or changed. I realized when I was 15 that I was awkward around most of my peers and so I worked really hard at changing that. If parents are careful to involve their children in social groups the kids will be able to learn the necessary skills.
  • I was home-schooled from 4th-12th grade. I absolutely loved it. I experienced things that I wouldn't have if I was still in public schools. Right now I am a freshman at a Bible college. Last semester I received good grades and I am learning so much. On the contrary about being unable to socialize; my brother and I were actually so busy with 'socializing', that we at times were overwhelmed. But we loved it.
When I got to college, I found that I was better prepared emotionally than the majority of the students who had been to public, warehouse high schools. Most of the kids from the warehouse schools had learned to distrust their teachers, and they carried that over to college. I was able to treat the professors as equals, rather than as threats. I was accustomed to being responsible for showing up on time, and for getting my work done. That was new and difficult for some of the warehoused kids. I was better prepared academically, too, but that's another story.

Since many of the freshman students weren't quite behaving as adults yet, I found some of their behavior strange, but they changed, and I got used to them. They had been isolated from the real world for most of their lives, and so in college they had to make some big changes. Most of them adapted to the adult world quite well, but that was the world I'd been raised in.

We were both socially impaired by it; our parents made a point to keep us in sports and try to keep us socializing w/ other kids. But it wasn't enough. Most of our friends were also homeschooled too. Some of us turned out OK, some didn't.

Also, the learning environment is very different. There is no lecture/notes type environment. With a well laid out curriculum I was pretty self sufficient w/ my education. I had a number of pages to read, do the even questions in the work at the end of the chapter, mom graded it, if I didn't make the grade; I did the odd questions too. When the weather was nice, we went to the beach, and I did my math in the sand. When I didn't understand a math concept, my uncle who was a math genius tutored me on it, if I didn't understand something in science, my dad tutored me on it.

I cannot learn in certain types of classroom environments. I think this is why I left high school, and never finished even an AA at a community college. I never learned to take notes, still can't take notes. I can sit through a lecture, absorb everything and ace a test on it, but if any part of the grade relied on keeping notes, I was a D student..

I have a good computer job now, and do well. My brother also has a good job, is happily married w/ 2 kids and has just bought a house.

Some of my friends that I was homeschooled w/ are 30 years old and working in fast food.

I wouldn't change a thing myself, and I don't think my brother would either.

I think I got a far better education homeschooled then I would have in a public school, but I know that my social skills were very underdeveloped because of it, and that makes furthering my education more difficult (at least in a formal classroom environment, I can still teach myself).

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