reply to post by doom27
Ya know, I've heard this often, but to tell you the truth....
The 'social skills' I see coming out of our local public schools amounts to:
Kids mouthing off to authority figures
Kids using horrible, foul language with parents and peers
Kids skipping school.
Kids teasing peers for doing their school work and paying attention.
Kids with no work ethic.
Kids with a severe lack of morality.
I know people who work in the schools where my kids would go to school.
And this is exactly what is getting reported.
Teachers up and quitting because they can't take the kids.
On the other hand:
In our group, it is very common for the kids to get together for classes where they are taught how to work with one another, respect authority and at
the same time politely engage in debate with both adults and peers.
They often learn to work alongside their parents or other adults at younger ages to earn money.
Many of them are heavily involved with 4H or scouting and so learn the value of community work and/or competing.
I'm not saying that children in public or private schools don't do any of those things, but what I see coming out of the public schools, on average,
is not positive social behavior.
I'm also not claiming that all home school children receive the above, but believe me, I know very few parents who are home schooling kids and are
not giving them the opportunities to socialize properly with others.
Perhaps you have seen some poor examples, heaven knows I have, but be aware that it is fast becoming less common than it has been in previous years.