One of the great things about homeschooling is socialization.
People always ask about it (ten years ago they wanted to know about eduction, but now that it's known that homeschoolers kick ass, they've move on to this) and what I usually say is school is suppose to be for learning.
So when it comes to socializing, what schools teach is that socialization is to be done illicitly. With the exception of lunch, and running between classes (or recess) they are not even suppose to talk to each other.
When my kids socialize that's all they do. They talk, they laugh and they do it without looking over their shoulder.
When we have a meal everyone competes (me included ) to talk next, we never run out of things to say.
When they play they are uninhibited. They YELL, they run and jump on stuff, they chase each other. They wear out multiple groups of kids on the playground. And when they study they study. They really do max out their brains-there is no busy work here.
So these schools which were left in the dust academically and had only the socialization buzz word to hold on to are now showing themselves for the failures that they are in that as well.
Several elementary schools are now banning running on the playground and now-I kid you not- these people (stupidity is not limited to public schools) want to ban conversations at meal time. And the reasoning is even crazier than you think.
They're afraid someone might choke!
School Requires Silence During Lunch
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The chapel isn't the only place where silence is expected at one Rhode Island Catholic school. The Saint Rose of Lima School in Warwick has new lunch rules that require students to remain silent during lunch.
The move comes after three recent choking incidents in the school cafeteria.
All three students are fine -- but school Principal Jeannine Fuller said in a letter to parents that "the school's priority is the safety of each child."
The letter says all students must remain silent during lunch. Students who don't follow the policy will receive a lunch detention.
Providence Diocese spokesman Michael Guilfoyle says the school is enacting a temporary safety measure. He says the school doesn't expect complete silence but enough quiet to keep students safe. My Way News