- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Mapletree Publishing Co.; 1 edition (June 8, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600651070
- ISBN-13: 978-1600651076
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling 1st Edition
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Gathercole, who has spent 10 years homeschooling her three children, says what most people wonder about is whether homeschooled children can work and play with others, in other words, their socialization skills. She begins by noting that "once upon a time, all children were homeschooled" before more formal schooling and the development of "school culture." She notes that conventional schools offer "socialization" through peer pressure, the stress of choosing between popularity and academic performance, and excessive attention to appearance. Drawing on her own experiences as a homeschooler, she details the networks of other homeschoolers who provide opportunities for their childrenand themselvesto socialize. Gathercole also points to research showing that homeschooled children have stronger self-concepts than children attending conventional schools. Focusing on how homeschoolers address misperceptions, she explores concepts of socialization, the importance of friendships with other children, strong relationships with parents, and how homeschoolers eventually integrate into the "real world." Great encouragement for parents who are homeschooling and those who are considering it. Bush, Vanessa
"The definitive book regarding the socialization question surrounding homeschooling." -- Foreword Magazine, July-August 2007
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In this book, Gathercole explains why the way public schools are set up actually make it harder to have a children have good socialization and why homeschoolers have more opportunities and exposure to good socialization. I didn't give it five stars because I thought parts of it were a little redundant and the book could have been slightly shorter. Yet, I still highly recommend this to all those interested in homeschooling and for any family members who seem to be concerned about the socialization aspect of it.
There are ample citations, many from respectable sources. There are, however, some weaknesses in Gathercole's research. I'm not sure she was thorough in her fact-checking. One researcher is introduced as "A man whose name is Dr. Montgomery . . ." I'd say her writing is somewhat flat, though for me the subject matter was of enough interest to keep me reading to the end. It didn't thrall my MIL, however. She barely cracked it before quitting, and she was the main reason I bought the book.
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