I had a conversation recently with a lady that almost made me laugh since I had just watched this video. Our conversation wasn’t as funny and she wasn’t as persistent, but it went something like,
“Are you still homeschooling?”
“Yes we are.”
“So, do you do that with a group?”
Pause….Here is where I wanted to say, “I’m pretty sure our family constitutes ‘a group’. *smile*
“Well, we belong to a homeschool covering, yes.”
“But do you meet with a group and have classes?”
(Thinking to myself, “Um, wouldn’t that not be homeschooling?”) And yes, we have participated in co-op classes but I don’t think this was the activity in question.
I ended up giving an ambiguous answer, I think, because it’s difficult to paint the picture to someone who really doesn’t understand. It was an honest question. She doesn’t know another homeschooling family so she really thinks the whole thing very weird.
This video, cute as it is, brought up the important aspects of homeschooling and socialization…plus it’s just fun to watch 😉
My favorite point, and one some of us may not think about, is that for centuries a child’s main “social group” was his family and we never heard of a “socialization crisis”. Schools were created to teach children who weren’t learning at home the three R’s; they were not created because we had a socialization problem.