Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Home schoolers
Re: Home schoolers
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 15:58:14 -2052
>> 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
>absolutely 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.
As a professional educator, I think I can tell you from experiance where
that comes from. While most home-schooled students are very well adjusted
and have developed appropriate social skills, there is a minor fraction who
are not so well adjusted. These individuals are such an extreme, that when
put in a setting which requires social interaction they have difficulty
functioning. Granted, these are truly a minority, but they do stand out. I
personnally have taught quite a few students who were home schooled for the
majoity of their life and ended up in public school for whatever reason the
last few years of their secondary education. On the whole these students
were like any of my other students, however there are a couple who were not
socially adjusted and could not function within the confines of the public
school classroom. These are the individuals that leave a lasting impression
on teachers, administrators, and other students. These are also the
individuals who give home schooling and other home schooled students a bad
name. I as an educator look at each student as an individual and afford
that student the opportunity to create the impression of how they wish to be
viewed and as a scouter I strive for the same thing. Treating home schooled
students any differently would be akin to racial or ethnic discrimination.
I have home schooled scouts in my pack and these scouts are boys like any
other and we treat them that way. I welcome any boy into our pack, as I see
that scouting can be a positive experience and help these boys to become
better men. After all the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow and if
I can help them to develop the skills necessary to succeed, that's all the
better for everyone.