Sunday, 25 October 2009

We are not hidden!

The early findings into research on home educated children's social contacts are here which demonstrate that the assumption that home educated children are 'hidden' is laughable.

In fact the term 'home education' is a bit of a misnomer; many HE children spend a large proportion of their time out of the home: learning in the community, mixing with people of all ages. How easy is it to cram in a social life if you are restricted to 15 minutes playtime at school, or in the hour squeezed between getting home from school/homework and tea-time/bedtime?

The schools around here are currently on half term, so we are trying to arrange playdates with my children's friends who are school children; many of the school kids are booked up all week, trying to meet all these friends that they share a classroom with, but never actually get a chance to play with. And people think that home educated children have limited socialisation..?


Carlotta said...

The limited socialisation issue is laughable - which sadly is not to say that one doesn't keep on having to refute the claim that it is a problem. When will people start to believe us, I wonder!

Carolyn said...

I think we are hidden sometimes....I make contact with the outside world so infrequently. But the boys don't...they are always socialising!!!!