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Why Homeschooling is Becoming Hipster

ben496 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:52 AM
As a parent I would never have my kids attend public school. They are just public warehouses to indoctrinate kids with their liberal hippie viewpoints. My kids go to Catholic schools where I don't have to worry if some liberal is offended by God. However, the cost of tuition is very expensive and goes up every year. I have a friend who home schools his kids after he pulled them from public school. He swears by it. My only concern would be socialization and how do colleges feel about home school children? Can someone with experience give some insight on how colleges feel and the socialization process?
windskisong Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 1:48 PM
Paulus Textor summarized what I would say. The "socialization" has never been an issue, but it does spawn a lot of funny jokes in the home school community
erick24 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 12:10 PM
"Socialization" is overrated. If you are home schooling for the right reasons and value your children as precious gifts from God, you will provide opportunities for interaction with others. Most communities and churches have such opportunities. Then there is extended family and friends. Clubs and hobby groups, etc. Remember, public education is a relatively recent experiment in the human experience.
As stated here most colleges would love more home schooled students as they have proven to be more mature, respectful, and serious about their education. Also less likely to be drug and alcohol users. My two scored high on S.A.T's and A.C.T's, were accepted into Houghton College with out a G.E.D or H.S. diploma. They related well to ...
erick24 Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 12:16 PM
diverse age groups and were not peer dependent. Ivy league schools are not what they used to be. The cost of the degree may not be worth the price.
Bonsall Billy Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:59 AM
Most of the better colleges and universities readily accept home school students. My oldest son was home schooled until college, and started community college courses at 15. He was later accepted to UCLA and UC San Diego, along with private colleges like Claremont-McKenna and Pomona College. He graduated from Claremont-McKenna and then from Michigan Law School. My other sons were home schooled until high school, and all were accepted to excellent colleges. As to socialization, I don't think that is something public schools are all that great at anyway. Home school kids tend to be more independent thinkers, and more comfortable interacting with people of different ages including adults. I am a huge fan of home schooling.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:03 AM
College: my own home-schooled kids went to Junior College, then on to bachelor's degrees. No real problems. They had to pass a few easy exams to be admitted.

Socialization: has never been a problem. Home schooled kids still join all kinds of organizations where they meet other kids: YMCA, scouting, volunteer work, you name it.

They DO, however, totally miss out on indoctrination camp "socialization." You know--peer pressure to have sex, do drugs, dress like skanks. Getting bullied. Learning to march around to the sound of bells. Such a loss.
Bonsall Billy Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 12:02 PM
Excellent points. As a veteran of 15+ years of home schooling (as a parent), I am with you on every one.
JustMC Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:59 AM
One can get a great education in many public schools. But it's up to the individual, and his parents, to make it happen. If you're counting on the school to make it happen, you're in deep trouble. Same with private school, but the results are probably a hair better.

Who knew? My parents are cool. Homeschooling is becoming hipster. Celebrity parents like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie proudly discuss their homeschooling lifestyle. But pioneers like my parents set the trend of educational freedom.

The plan was to send me to public school. My mother enjoyed her job as an R.N. and was not bored. She was simply a creative rebel. And my father encouraged her to pioneer—because he believed in freedom.

My mother is a rebel with her own style. She once told me: “I never wanted to be like anyone else. I always did my own thing. But my...