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You make an interesting and valid point. Do they miss out on any good things too?
If you were to ask my kids that question, they would tell you that if they missed anything, it would be the opportunity to play sports. But what they gained far outweighs anything that they have missed.
There are some good things at schools that my children miss out on, but socialization is not one of them. Homeschooled kids have a distinct advantage over their schooled peers in developing healthy social skills - if their parents encourage it.
It's unfortuanate that you'd have to say that: 'Maybe he was just a fluke though', my friend. You see, each one of us takes after our parents firstly. How social we are or aren't reflects them directly.
I agree, school should be a bigger concern for us. However, America is loosing sight of the fact that we are in charge. We have let our politicians go back on their promises time after time and still we do nothing about it.
I certainly can't speak for most homeschoolers but I (and my many homeschooling friends) do not homeschool out of a fear of violence. We homeschool because it offers a set of positive intellectual, familial and personal benefits to our children.
In answer to Cameron Conner, it isn't only in the US where the public has allowed the politicians to rule without the nation's unified protest. As for SPK5367, I understand but without meaning to you're creating an even less unified country that way.
Garifalia - I couldn't disagree more. Studies show great numbers of homeschoolers grow into civic minded adults. Thinking people contribute. This works towards unity. Schools are not the only or the best means to develop thinking citizens.
That's not what I meant. But when the government stops tending to its nation, it creates for a bigger gap between the two. I agree with what you're saying I work much the same way as homeschooling.