Your Kid has Graduated High School! Now What? Part III: Say YES to fun, but only after this important step... or two!
What would college be if it were all work and no play? Probably a very humdrum campus filled with lots of non-traditional students who are there to increase their career capital or to change careers completely.
But today's college campus is filled with culturally diverse groups of traditional students who challenge traditional trends. Greek life is one way the tradition continues. I never participated in Greek Life, so I have no words of wisdom on this. But during my time, I did discover other groups who also enjoyed getting together and hanging out to 'break the monotony' of the school-study-sleep schedule. There were foreign language groups, math groups, writing groups, philosophy groups. Clubs were also an important feature: Criminology, Sociology, and Geography club, Anime Club, Black Student Association, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, and more.
But why is this important?
How many times have you defended your choice to homeschool? Tons, right? You've gone through the whole spiel of why you chose to homeschool, your views on how it's better than (insert reason/scenario), and to what extent you adapt to the various methods of homeschooling that "works" for your kiddos.
And that is fabulous! But what if you could do more?
What if you could say, "Studies show" and it mean something? We place value on studies, right? We depend on the studies of medicine, studies of history, studies of all sorts of things. But what about Socialization?
As homeschool parents, it is difficult to debate the issue of socialization because we don't know how well homeschool children perform at a social level? Of course, we know how our "own" children perform. But what do we say when we are asked to compare their performance to their public school counterparts?
Well, honestly... not a whole lot.
It's time to begin working on solidifying our argument that homeschool children perform equal to (or better than) their public school peers, regarding socialization and performativity. It's time to stop the incessant droning on of how homeschool children are less socialized. It's time to be a part of something we continue to fight for everyday... the right to homeschool in an oppression-free society.
I'm conducting interviews on the parental perspective of homeschooled children. This study is approved by the Arkansas State University Institutional Review Board.
The interview is conducted over the telephone and your information is kept confidential.
The interview is approximately 35 minutes long.
You can end the interview at any time.
You can skip any question you do not want to answer.
All you have to do is send me an e-mail and get scheduled.
Won't you help me?
Welcome! My name is LaVonda. I am the wife of Rodney, the mom of 5 remarkable kids (well, 2 are adults now), an avid homeschooler, blogger, and sociologist. I am blessed with the ability to spend my time sharing our homeschool and life experiences with you. It is my hope to provide you with motivation, ideas, and some candid stress-relief through my blog - Mom's Scribe! Grab a cup of coffee, sit on down, and make yourself at home!