Back in the 1940s we used to play in the street and vacant lots around here after school..."Kick the Can" and "Statues."
Now, I NEVER see or hear kids playing outdoors in the neighborhood, unless someone is having a private pool party. Everything else is so over-organized that I often wonder when kids get to use their imaginations. If they have any. (I took ballet lessons 5 days a week after school, but I still had time to play invent-your-own games with the other neighborhood kids....or row all over Balboa Bay by myself when we went there for the summers.
I wasn't homeschooled but I was just as isolated as homeschoolers because of my parents' religion. I feel children should interact with all sorts of people and learn to stand their own ground. I tried to find positive sides of homeschooling to complete the picture but I didn't hear many positive comments.
Thanks Gerald, I'm glad of it.
Felaine, you had better stay! I miss Mindy (Booklover, who left in a huff), and Carl, who's dealing with health issues. (I wonder how he's doing?)
I have many reasons for opposing home schooling, but they aren't really "the socialization" reasons, although that's important. For one, science (my subject) has access to tools for many lab experiments--not found at home. Teachers are trained in and have greater knowledge of their subject matter. If I home schooled my kids, I would be deficient in art, history, and other areas. Plus, no sports, no school plays, no band, etc.
One of the biggest reasons parents choose home-schooling is the religion factor. They don't want their children exposed to the truth--evolution, in particular. (There are many other reasons: bullying, eliteism, antisocialism, etc.)