A Brief Case
(I entitled this "A Brief Case..."
because it is short, sweet, and to the point!
by Dr. Jay Wile
Tell them, first of all, that schools are the most ARTIFICIAL place in the world! Nowhere, in the rest of your life, will you ever be in a situation where you spend 8+ hours per day with those your same age. In fact, if you are worried about the erosion of the English language, you can point to schools as the culprit. Every study ever done on this subject indicates that when a certain age group that is relatively homogeneous is cloistered away, the members of the group end up communicating in their own dialect. That's what happens in schools.
Second, you can point to a WEALTH of studies that indicate homeschoolers are BETTER socialized than publicly-schooled children. For example: Dr. Gary Knowles(1991) studied more than 1,000 Michigan adults who had been homeschooled. None were unemployed or on welfare (compared to 5.6% and 11.2%, respectively for the average population). A full 94% said that homeschool helped prepare them to be independent persons, and 79% said that it helped them to interact with those from other levels of society.
The WORST place a student can be from a social perspective is in a public school. Psychologists tell us that during the high school years, peer pressure is at its HIGHEST. The jails are FULL of people who listened to their peer group and not their parents. Thus, the MOST IMPORTANT time to monitor peer group is in high school. It is nearly impossible to adequately monitor a peer group when your child is at school 8+ hours per day!
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