Yesterday, a lady at church asked me about homeschooling. "But, don't you worry about their socialization?" she inquired. "Yes", I replied. "That's why I homeschool. At school they learn 'social skills' from other kids who have no social skills".
She didn't know what to say to that as that fact had probably never crossed her mind.
I did tell her that they get plenty of social experiences through scouting and church activities, through our homeschooling friends, cousins, community events etc. and that no, of course not, I don't want them to be wierd. But, that I do worry about the amount of disrespect that is so common in our public schoolrooms as the teachers aren't able to discipline as they once were.
Most of us as parents care very deeply about our children, their education, their spirituality etc. We do what we feel is the right thing for our families. And, for many, that is public schools. Though I wonder how many of them even know (or feel) that there are alternatives to the 'traditions of the fathers'.
I've found that my children get along better when they are homeschooled. Sure, we still have our tifs and challenges, but, there is a better spirit in our home, we can discuss and study things that we otherwise woudn't be able to, and we know that the Lord is guiding our studies.
Because we've chosen this path, we have less of the worldly influences and also, less financially. But, I feel, the trade-off is worth it. The sacrifices on my part and actually compensated for in love at home and in more light and truth being available.