The post ‘Home Education and Socialisation: Why It’s Not a Matter of One or the Other‘ was originally published way back in 2013. Given that it’s more than five years ago now (doesn’t time fly when you are having fun?), the subject is one that is still misunderstood by those unfamiliar with home education, and it still remains the most asked question for us – and I will bet for most home educators.
Since writing this article our children have benefited from the flexibility that home education offers, namely in the value of time and the opportunity to use it to travel. The younger children learnt to swim in Greece, watched a lamb go from field to plate on an organic farm in Albania, picked grapes for syrup-making in Slovenia, watched wild dolphins swim in the wild on a science conservation boat, picked olives and made olive oil in Italy, saw turtles released into back into the wild, saw first-hand how 2000 years of history was uncovered in an ordinary Italian home and learnt first-hand from the very people who made the discovery, and learnt how electricity was made through a water mill in Germany. Those are only some of the things they have been fortunate enough to experience.
And still we face questions like: ‘How will they learn about living in the real world?’ or ‘How will they cope with real life?’ Pardon me? Say that again?
I still cannot help my face giving away my feelings when someone voices the opinion that the only way to learn about the real world is by sitting in a classroom.
Because here is the thing:
You do not learn about the world unless you become a part of the world.
You do not learn about the world unless you see it for yourself.
You cannot form a balanced opinion about people, places and cultures unless you experience them for yourself.
You cannot make independent decisions by being taught what to think by rote.
The classroom does not prepare you for the world.
Real world socialisation skills aren’t developed through working lock-step in a classroom of peers that are the same age as you for almost two decades of your early life.
In the real world, you face different situations in various environments with a variety of ages, stages and types of people.
The classroom does not prepare you for the real world.
Only the real world does that.
‘Home Education and Socialisation: Why It’s Not a Matter of One or the Other’ – click over for a read of the original post here.
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