Education of children start in the home. The children begin life totally dependent upon the parents for feeding, cleaning, protection, education and nurture. As the children grow, parents equip them with public, private or home education.
Through the scholastic age segregation class system, children are separated from any other age group than their own. Therefore most of the day the children's interaction is solely with their peers, causing great distraught to children in some cases. Having to compete with 20-30 other children in the class for the attention of one teacher, social development of the child could be drastically impeded.
Of course age segregated classes are the cheapest way to educate children but the result could be social dysfunctionality, because children need social experiences across a wider age range and not just their age group, therefore children could become rather limited in experience not being able to effectively socialise with children younger or older than themselves, including adults and senior citizens. Thus, it is not uncommon to see such children, socially disadvantaged. The problems being greater with older children.
It has become apparent that many children are unable to socialise with others besides their peer group. These problems may have been avoided if they had the opportunity to spent more time in a home where Godly principals and values of life were taught.
Strong family ties do not increase the problem of social behaviour, to the contrary. Parents are the first and most important educators of children. Therefore some parents have chosen to home educate their children and with astonishing results. Many home educators reject the claim of most people that home schooled children are socially unstable.
They say the socialization characteristic of children who are schooled at home is one of their major strengths and the family equips such children with life's values and skills. Children not only learn to socialise with their peers but also with younger and older children, adults and senior citizens. The individual attention they obtain from the home educator is usually treasured by the children who have gone through home education. They are more likely will carry the solid principals of life on to the next generation.
Home educated children are more likely to steer away from youth related problems. These include teen suicide, drug abuse, alcoholism, crime, promiscuity, teen pregnancy, abortion and the list goes on. If home educators do a thorough job the children will be pleasant, mature, independent young adults. Strong commitment is involved with home education but it may be all worth its while to gain a generation of young adults, who upon completing their school years are socially well adjusted.... back
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