"Susan McDowell, author of "But What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question: A Review of the Literature,” has researched 24 studies on the socialization of homeschoolers, according to Bristol Herald Courier. "It’s a non-issue today," said McDowell, who earned Ph.D. in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University. "All the research shows children are doing well.""
Does she have enough initials behind her name for you to listen to her? Is the University she attended prestigious enough for you?
Well - thank goodness for her. It's only what I and anyone who has home educated their own kids have been saying for years now. The kids are FINE. In fact, they're better off.
You will still find the naysayers though. Our Susan McDowell has tried to find something, ANYTHING, to support the naysayers. Here is what she found:
"On one occasion, she was challenged by one of her publishers to find evidence that homeschoolers were socially deficient compared to their publically educated counterparts.
However, she claims finding no one in the academic field with such view supported by research."
The next time you hear the claptrap of homeschoolers not being 'socialized' - just refer them to this woman's book:
I'm at the library now. (The kids are participating in a Christmas craft project and guess what? There are OTHER KIDS there!! Yes - my kids actually DO get out of the house and spend time with OTHER KIDS!) When I get home to my notes I will put up a link on the sidebar to Ms. McDowell's book.