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Homeschooling - The Social Concerns

Aug 15, 2008
For many social skills is an area of deep concern when the decision of whether to homeschool the child is raised. Many would say that a child needs to develop a certain level of social skills and confidence to succeed in life- and that homeschooling may neglect this important aspect of a child's development. This is untrue, as it is simply dependent on the parent.

As homeschooling has become more popular over the years, there have been many communities and organisations for homeschooling organised. These organisations and communities create opportunities for the homeschooled children to socialize and benefit from a non-threatening and non-competitive environment.

Children who lack confidence or are shy, are often neglected and ignored at school. This can have serious implications in later life- we now know the damage bullying had on our generation- and would never wish it upon our children. Children who are neglected or bullied due to differences in appearance and behaviour will not be able to learn effectively, nor assimilate in the social learning environment which a school is meant to provide for its students.

Children involved in homeschooling become more aware of the learning process- as it is focussed purely on them. This raises the chances of absorbing the information, asking relevant and sensible questions without being challenged by an obnoxious brat, and generally feeling like they are progreesing more efficiently. Children begin their life by imitating their parents. Homeschooled children therefore pick up the outstanding qualities they see in their parents- again this is why the parent must have a selfless attitude when it comes to homeschooling. At the same time the child is protected from the undesirable effects of not conforming to other children's ideas of behaviour and appearance etc.

Homeschooling in this fashion will more likely result in your child being able to develop and adapt to future challenges in life. The self-esteem and self-confidence of the homeschooled child is bolstered by the parents vested interested and serve to develop the child's social abilities even further. This will result in a well balanced and well rounded child.

Conclusion

At the end of the day you need to be able to way up the pros and cons of homeschooling. Social concerns in that a child needs to be surrounded by other children is certainly something that should be addressed. It will depend largely on your childs personality and development as to whether they would be better of in a school environment.
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