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Re: “Keep 'Em Home

Thank you for the article, but I wanted to respond to Sherri Wood's statement regarding socialization. I know Sherri personally, as we shared a common bond through a little guy I provided Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services for. I know Sherri to be a wonderfully caring and empathetic teacher and I am proud of her accomplishments. I worked at three Caldwell schools during my school counseling internship. I also interacted with teachers and student while providing PSR services at schools in Caldwell, Nampa, and Middleton. I have seen a lot of "socialization" in those setttings and want more positive influences for my two young sons. I hope Sherri is right in the sense of my sons not being socialized the same way as traditionally schooled kids are. I suggest Sherri and all those interested in this subject to look through "The Well Trained Mind", (Wise Bauer & Wise, 2004), particularly chapter 36 which addresses negative aspects of school based socialization in detail. My husband and I feel strongly that our family, friends, church family, and homeschooling co-ops, as well as everyday experiences and field trips will more than adequately socialize our sons. Sherri, I have yet to meet a homeschooled child with the negative social skills exhibited by the young boy that we mutually worked with in grade school. He unfortunately learned those skills at home and continues to "act out" at the high school level. Do I want my sons influenced at a young, impressionable age by other boys like him? No. I'd rather they never see that until they are old enough to properly process what they are seeing. Sherri, I have a tremendous respect for the teachers I have been privilaged to work with, but they have to teach within the confines of what I perceive is a faulty educational system. I will "keep 'em home", not to isolate them, but to expand their awareness beyond 30 kids in a room or 200+ kids on a playground. Thanks for allowing me to share my views. Chris (Custer) Wilcox

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Posted by Chris Wilcox on 06/25/2007 at 4:15 PM

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