What’s a good, quick response when people ask me about socialization?

Posted by Jen Garrison Stuber

Email of the Day:
What’s a good, quick response when people ask me about socialization?

Answer:
“What is it that you feel *he’s missing?”
(And then continue that line of questioning).
“How so?”
“What do you mean when you say, ‘socialization’?”
“What do you feel *he’d get from a class of other __yos?”

“Oh — you mean *socializing*! I thought you meant socialization!

“Socialization? You mean the lifelong process of inheriting and disseminating norms, customs, values and ideologies, providing an individual with the skills and habits necessary for participating within their own society. Socialization is thus “the means by which social and cultural continuity are attained”? We don’t believe that’s found stuck in a classroom with your same-age peers.”

Most people — it’s just a knee-jerk reaction to the word “homeschooling.”
They have no idea what they’re asking.
Just ask them questions until they realize they have no idea why they asked.

~Jen GS

(You could also add JK Rowling’s answer that they’re not in good control of their powers before then, and might be too dangerous to be let out).

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