Marsha Ransom over at Life Without School has provided the most succinct response to the socialization issue I’ve see so far with the exception of “no thank you, we don’t believe in socialization.” I think the following does an excellent job of condensing the argument/issue for easy use next time you’re asked, “but what about socialization?”
Here is a more appropriate response: “Oh, I think the word you are looking for is socializing. Socialization is actually defined as the process by which the norms and standards of our society are passed from one generation to the next. I’ve never really thought that a complete strangers six-year old child would be a good source of information on the correct standards of behavior in our family and in society as a whole. As for socializing, I remember from my school days that it was something you weren’t supposed to be doing during class!”
We do not have to defend homeschooling based on false assumptions, false accusations, and false information. Please stop telling others about all the opportunities your kids have for “socialization” and start gently exposing them to the real issue here– a lot of what kids learn from other kids in social situations is simply living according to “The Law of the Jungle.” In our family, we have a higher set of laws to follow and I bet your family does too. Next time, don’t be afraid to say so!