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3 myths about home schooling debunked | MNN

As the summer winds down and the school year picks back up for many of us, more parents will be preparing to home school their children. About 1.8 million children in America are home-schooled, and that number is growing, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Why are more parents choosing to home school?

A Department of Education survey found that most parents do it out of a concern about the environment of other schools. Moral and religious instruction were the next most common reasons, along with a dissatisfaction with academic instruction at other schools.

No matter the reason, home schooling is becoming more mainstream. Still, for many parents, home-schooling seems … out there, but it’s not. With that in mind, here are three common misconceptions about home school, explained.

1. Home-schooled kids miss out on social opportunities

There are other ways to make sure kids learn socializing skills, such as joining a town sport or a club like the Boy and Girl Scouts. (Photo: Liderina/Shutterstock)

This is probably the number one misconception about home school. Many parents don’t take the home-schooling leap because they feel the socialization their kids are getting in school is necessary for their development.

But home-schooled kids do just fine socially, research shows. Rivkah Estrin, a mother of five children in Florida whose oldest is in middle school, is a veteran homeschooler who also has put her kids in traditional school periodically. She’s been homeschooling for seven years and offers this insight: “The truth is that real-life socialization is about interacting with people of different ages, backgrounds, interests,” she explains. “Home schooling offers the opportunity to have more real-life interaction than the school setting.”

As John Holt, a world-renowned teacher, school reformer and home schooling advocate, wrote in his book “Teach Your Own”: “No one has to do anything in order to ‘socialize’ the children, or make them take part in the life…

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