Originally Posted by Lillian J
But to assume that your children will be "unsocialized" just because they'll homeschool is plain ignorant and ridiculous with no real thought put into it. - Lillian
Thank you, I was rather insulted...especially when he said he "felt better" after consulting "other moms" who assured him that once DS turns 5 I'll be shoving him onto the schoolbus. I was mostly upset at that because I resent that anyone would presume to know my relationship with DS better than I would.
So it sounds like a lot of times it's introversion, non-conformity, and other behaviors anyone sees in public-schooled kids. What a relief! I was thinking that people's reactions make it sound like these kids were feral or had brain disease or something, but when I look at youtube vids made by homeschoolers these kids seem absolutely creative and charming and bright. What a shame that people are misinterpreting and misreporting the behavior of a child, it certainly does reek of ignorance.
ETA: I also read stories of people saying that when they were around a group of homeschooled kids that they could "tell" there was something different about them. That they "can't but their finger on it" but it was "something....." Granted, I wasn't there, but it almost seems like these people only pick up on something either 1)because they were informed they were homeschoolers so they had an antenna up and they just HAD to find something "different" but couldn't really
find something different. Or B) the kids act and think out-of-the-box and possibly more expansive than many of the adults they encounter. I swear, since I don't know any homeschooled kids in my IRL, the youtube kids are winning me over!