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#1 of 2 Old 08-11-2002, 07:22 PM - Thread Starter
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Here is another one for your enjoyment...

Socialization: Our Biggest Gripe With Homeschooling
By John O. Andersen
May 11, 2001

Yes, it has been a huge problem for our children. But with experience, we've learned to bring it largely under control.

You see, we live in Portland, Oregon. Before we moved here, we suspected it was a good place to homeschool. Talk about understatement! After a few years in this area, we've got lots of hard evidence that if there ever were a contest for America's homeschooling mecca, Portland would easily make the short list.

Everywhere we go, we run into homeschoolers. We have associations with dozens of homeschooling families. Without exception, they are all involved in a variety of activities. There are homeschooling roller-skating parties, archery classes, a homeschooling basketball group, access to high school band, community college courses, and varsity sports for teenage homeschoolers, co-op language classes, volunteer opportunities, daytime art classes, music classes, singing groups, theater productions, science labs at a local museum, organized field trips practically every day of the week, girl and boy scouts homeschooling groups--the list goes on an on.
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Yes, that is our problem too! I try to explain that to people when they look so concerned that my children aren't in school "socializing". They don't really believe me, I don't think. Maybe I'll start handing out copies of this article!

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