One of the biggest concerns that have always surrounded home schooled children is their socialization. Because students who are home schooled do not attend a class with their peers daily, and are often taught by their parents, many people have worried that they will be cut off from socialization, and, as a result, fail to build important socialization skills. If students don’t build the skills they need to work with people, there is very little chance of them being able to function normally in society as an adult. Thankfully, the opposite is usually true in students who are home schooled, and many students who come through home schooling are likely to be some of the most successful people when it comes to socialization.
This may seem a little hard to believe; how can a student be building skills in communicating and socializing with their peers when they hardly ever leave their houses? The answer to this question is simple: they don’t. A wide majority of home schooled students are far more active and involved in more social groups and clubs than students who attend a regular public school. Because they are not forced to socialize with their peers, there is more encouragement to find students who are like them and are interested in the same things. In almost every community, there are groups set up specifically to help home schooled students meet each other, and make friends.
Because they all choose to be there, and everyone in these groups is on the same levels, there is less peer pressure to participate in activities that they could otherwise be harassed into doing. Homeschooling gives students an opportunity to find who they are, and what they want out of life on their own, and because of this, the socialization of home schooled students is often far beyond that of traditional students. They learn to be honest and compassionate towards one another, without worrying about dangerous fads that their peers are.
These groups that are designed specifically for home schooled students provide a safer environment for students to interact than would be found at a traditional school, because there are few, if any, bullies, and everyone gets to be who they are, without judgment. This kind of environment can be the ideal condition for students to learn and build the social skills that they need to have in order to make it in the real world as adults.