The most prominent question that I have been asked when it comes to homeschooling is:- Won’t it impact your social life? And the concern here is understandable since the kid spends a considerable amount of time indoors and has no structured institution to go to. But may I first ask how exactly is this so-called ‘institution’ helping in developing the child’s social skills? Do you meet new people? Is there any real exposure to the outside world? No, they don’t and no there isn’t.
Homeschooling or Unschooling on the other hand has real outside exposure. The lack of structure or timetable calls for unexpected situations and meeting new people. We learn who to trust and who not to trust. Some social skills that I have learned over 18 months of unschooling are:-
- I have improved my English
- I am not as shy anymore
- I can talk to people more openly now
- I now know how to dress properly and carry myself
- I am more confident
Some things I hope to learn
- To be more creative and resourceful
- To get over my shyness completely
- Be more direct
Meeting the same people every day for years won’t help you learn anything or gain life experiences. But getting out of your comfort zone -which you have to in homeschooling- most certainly will. So what do you think? Don’t you agree that social skills are important and the fact they are completely ignored in school? Please write your thoughts in the comment section below.