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July 1, 2007

Schools and socialization

Filed under: Homeschooling — texased @ 3:36 pm

Hands up if you’re a leader in the playground | Uk News | News | Telegraph

Schools have always had them, the sporty all-rounders with lots of friends and the quiet wallflowers who stand alone in the playground.

Now, however, teachers are being urged to carry out detailed analysis of how pupils get along, as part of a drive to improve their emotional, behavioural and social well-being.

But I thought that’s the main reason why homeschoolers should send their kids to public schools–opportunities for socialization?

Hands up if you’re a leader in the playground | Uk News | News | Telegraph

However, Frank Furedi, a sociology professor at Kent University and author of Therapy Culture, said: “Kids have to learn to interact. This is like getting a teacher to ride a bicycle for you. Children make friends and lose friends -they have to work out strategies to deal with it.

“This is trying to short-circuit that organic process. It is ineffective, unrealistic and utopian.”

So socialization is an “organic” process. I would love to hear the argument then that this “organic” process can only happen in an appropriate, controlled, school environment.

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4 Comments »

  1. In my opinion, teaching social skills to children = a good thing. Having kids state who they would avoid so that we can classify children by popularity = over the line.

    And what does the comment about homeschooling have to do with anything?

    Comment by thirdgradeteacher — July 1, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Interesting article. Those who claim that homeschholing children need to go to school do seem to forget that there are as many socially akward children in the public school system as anywhere else. Going to school does not automatically make one perfectly able to interact with one’s peers. I too would like to know how this “organic” process is supposed to bloom in such a controlled environment.

    Comment by Summer — July 1, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

  3. […] children to socialize. July 2nd, 2007 by Summer Minor Texas Ed has an interesting post about Schools and socialization yesterday. An article from the UK news source the Telegraph shared that teachers may be required to […]

    Pingback by Mom Is Teaching » Blog Archive » Teaching children to socialize. — July 2, 2007 @ 8:06 am

  4. This is the problem. Schools are spending so much time making children socially acceptable that they forget to teach them true academics. I refuse to let the government mold and shape my child. That is my job. That is why I homeschool.

    My children have been in private and public schools. I get sick when I think of the social activities they were taught.

    Comment by Amy Grant — July 2, 2007 @ 8:19 pm


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