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?
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.