Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Home schoolers
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 09:08:15 -0400
> From: jacobi.PARC@XEROX.COM
> Subject: Re: home schoolers
Yes, this is a tangent, but I think it's an important one for everyone
to understand, especially since Scouting is trying to serve youth.
> Here is my simple thought: Home schoolers get all the attention
> and accademics they need. However there is one thing they
> loose, no matter how good their parents teaching is: Those
> kids have less of a chance to exercise their social skills. Here
> is where scouts can come in and fill a real need.
I apologize if I seem a little harsh here, but the statements that is
*abolutely dead wrong*. Homeschoolers, as a group, are *more* socially
adjusted, *more* capable of leadership, *more* involved in community
organizations, *more* likely to continue on to college*, *more* likely to
succeed in life (For statitics supporting this, see www.hslda.org).
This "negative stereotype" of homeschoolers is an outrage! I have
encountered this practically everywhere I go and have yet to figure out
where it actually came from.
I am 15, home-schooled (11th grade) and just passed my Eagle Board
last week. In every single youth organization I am involved with, it is
the homeschoolers who always take the leadership roles, who achieve more
and are recognized for that achievement.
> That was the good side; the bad side is that some of the
> home schooled boys in our troop have less social skills
> which sometimes has some negative inpact on our program.
I think you must have the wrong impression of these home-schooled boys.
I have seen that most often, it's not a lack of social skills that causes
these problems, but greater moral strength of character that causes them
not to fit in (a tough issue for this age group).
These boy's differences should not have a negative impact on your troop
program - Scouting's goal is not to homogenize youth. If you're having
this difficulty, I feel like there must be something wrong with the way
your troop is run, since the patrol method should discourage this from
happenning. It's certainly not the experience that I had.
I may be dead wrong, too, but that's how I feel, and I apologize for my
bluntness. Please, if any of you work with home-schooled youth, don't push
them into this box. It happens far too often.
Thank you for listening.
Yours in Scouting,
- Seth Dilday - email@example.com - http://www.aplus.com/seth/ -
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -- John Adams