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May 26, 2005

Researcher claim socialization not an issue in homeschooling

From the Christian Post:

Socialization is no longer an “issue” for homeschoolers, according to some researchers on the long-running debate over public and independent schooling.

Susan McDowell, author of “But What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question: A Review of the Literature,” has researched 24 studies on the socialization of homeschoolers, according to Bristol Herald Courier.

“It’s a non-issue today,” said McDowell, who earned Ph.D. in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University. “All the research shows children are doing well.”

The writer of the article erroneously phrases it as “no longer” an issue which implies that at one time it was. The claim by the researchers is that they could find no problem, not that an existent problem has gone away.

Other researchers, such as Larry Shyers, who holds Ph.D. in counseling, support McDowell’s findings. Shyers’ dissertation, “Comparison of Social Adjustment Between Home and Traditionally Schooled Children,” won a national award in excellence in research from the Educational Research Information Clearinghouse in 1992.

His studies found that homeschooled children are not disadvantaged when it comes to socialization. He said that those taught at home were more likely to invite others to play with them, they were not as competitive but more cooperative, and they kept their noise levels lower. Homeschooled children also played with peers of both genders rather than with those of the same gender, he added.

I homeschool my four kids, and the only socialization they lack is the peer pressure to be foul-mouthed, disrespectful and cruel like I see a lot of government school kids are.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 26, 2005 09:25 AM

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