“But isn’t your social life suffering?”
“Isn’t homeschooling only for the educationally impaired?”
“How do you move from homeschooling into the public system?”
These questions, asked in a skeptical tone, and many more like them, have been thrown around for years now, even though homeschoolers know they hold no water. Nathan B, who was homeschooled his entire life, is a case in point.
When asked whether homeschooling damaged his social life or skills, Nathan responds with a resounding “No!”
“I have been involved in many social activities, such as summer day camps, drama classes, and a couple of part time jobs.” He adds.
“Having done these things throughout the years, I have grown consistently in my social skills. … I am enjoying the pleasures of life, no more, nor less, than anyone else I know.”
Nathan B. also made it clear that his education was very well-rounded, and that it continues to be so, in large part thanks to his homeschooling roots:
“Homeschooling gave me the solid foundation I needed to enter the public system.” He asserts confidently.
“Moreover, the character growth I experienced was irreplaceable, and I would not trade that for all the knowledge in the world.”
Now, he’s on the brink of graduation, and is looking towards the future with the same bright hopes as his institutionally schooled peers. When asked what his plans are concerning his graduation:
“I will be entering the province’s adult education program to graduate.”
…Something he is both capable of achieving and well-qualified for, thanks again, to his homeschooling education.
Social adjustment and integration?
High standards of education and achievement?
Smooth integration into society?
What’s not to love here?
Nathan B is just one solid example of how homeschooling is linked to successful life outcomes. Time after time, the results of homeschooling stand up to even the most stringent criticism:
Yes, Homeschooling is a viable, holistic educational option.
No, Homeschooling does not cripple a student’s social skills, nor does it impair their ability to create lasting relationships.
Yes, Homeschooling can, and will, amply prepare a student for higher levels of education.
In conclusion? Nathan B. is one of thousands who have gone on after homeschooling to become valuable, well-adjusted members of society. The only remaining question is this: why aren’t more people doing school at home?
By Morgan Currier
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