The definition of “socialize” is “to make fit for companionship with others; make sociable.” It does not mean spending every day confined to a classroom in competition with 25 or more children from the same age group and socio-economic background. In a natural setting, children spend their daily lives with babies, elderly people, and everyone in between. Homeschooled children get plenty of socialization from neighborhood kids, church groups, volunteering in the community, and other outside activities. They can learn about the real world by being a part of it, without needing artificial settings to provide exposure. For example, while teachers are preaching multiculturalism in the classroom, homeschooled students are out in the field experiencing other cultures. Thus, the social interactions of homeschoolers are more varied among people of all ages, races, and situations in life. This diversity gives them a much healthier and more realistic view of society, rather than being segregated and feeling alienated from the real world. Consequently, you won’t find any “generation gap” or peer dependency among homeschoolers. (Source: “12 Reasons to Homeschool,” http://www.knowledgehouse.info/hsreasons.html.)
Mike Farris, President of HSLDA, has written a free pamphlet titled “The Best Kind of Socialization” that will prepare you to educate those who oppose homeschooling because of “a lack of socialization.” Download the brochure here.