Socialization and Homeschooling
“Homeschooled students are school-age children (ages 5–17) in a grade equivalent to at least kindergarten and not higher than 12th grade who receive instruction at home instead of at a public or private school either all or most of the time.
Approximately 3 percent of the school-age population was homeschooled in the 2011 – 12 school year. Among children who were homeschooled, a higher percentage were White (83 percent) than Black (5 percent), Hispanic (7 percent), or Asian or Pacific Islander (2 percent).
Parents gave a number of different reasons for homeschooling their children. In the 2011–12 school year, 91 percent of homeschooled students had parents who said that a concern about the environment of other schools was an important reason for homeschooling their child, which was a higher percentage than other reasons listed.”
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
|Top Reasons for Home Schooling|
|Can give child a better education at home||48.9 %|
|A desire to provide religious or moral instruction||38.4 %|
|A dissatisfaction with academic instructions at public schools||25.6 %|
|Family reasons||16.8 %|
|To develop character and morality||15.1 %|
|Object to what school teaches||12.1 %|
|School doesn’t challenge child||11.6 %|
|Other problems with available school||9 %|
|Child has special needs or disability||8.2 %|
The tabulated data above shows the main reasons of parents for engaging their children to homeschooling. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the top reason for home schooling is to provide a better education at home.
Despite of all the benefits being presented by home schooling, many parents are concerned about the development of a homeschooled child’s social skills. Because they are being taught by their parents in their own homes, homeschooling children may have limited exposure to people which may affect their attitude towards other people.
Homeschooling parents have found several ways to resolve this situation. They enroll their children to classes such as ballet, music, and swimming lessons to expose them to different groups of people.
Some join groups for homeschoolers and conduct field trips and other extracurricular events just like the regular school activities. Many say that this gives homeschooling children wider social circles in different age groups which will improve their social skills even more.