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Debunking home ed myths: How do your children socialise?

Sasha Jackson
Authored by Sasha Jackson
Posted: Friday, November 24, 2023 - 11:51

In education, one persistent myth reigns supreme: the notion that home-educated children lack social opportunities. It's a tired narrative that continues to surface repeatedly, evoking a collective sigh from those in the know. But here's the truth: it's not about the quantity of social interactions; it's the quality and diversity that genuinely matter.

Consider this: school, in essence, fosters forced associations, not genuine socialisation. As adults, we don't amass a legion of friends all the same age as us. Instead, our social circles tend to revolve around a select few, often changing as life evolves. Children too, gravitate towards those they genuinely connect with, irrespective of their age, gender, or background. Home ed groups typically have a high ratio of adults to children, fostering social maturity in kids that often surpasses that of their school counterparts.

As parents, our role extends beyond academics. It's about nurturing and facilitating these friendships. Not every bond will endure, and that's okay. What truly counts is the depth and authenticity of these connections, not the sheer number. The essence of socialisation lies in the quality of relationships, not their quantity. Home education provides a fertile ground for children to form genuine connections, fostering a social landscape based on affinity rather than obligatory association. It's time we dispel the misconceptions and recognise the richness of social opportunities within home education.

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