What about Socialization?
If socialization is the Holy Grail of education, the school systems are failing at this as miserably as every other area. C'mon really? We have to have this discussion again?! Bullying, suicide, teens on anti-depressants, promiscuity, cutting, drugs, drinking, beating down people on school buses... this is socialized behavior? Perhaps, one definition of socializing is to learn the acceptable behavior of a group, or community and learn to conform to that behavior. Maybe they really are learning to "fit in"?
You can hardly blame homeschool parents for wanting to raise children to conform to other socially accepted norms, like kindness, sharing, cleanliness, safety, forgiveness, following laws.
Where in your entire life are you surrounded 9 hours a day by people who were born in the same 14 month period of time as you?
Or is it more likely that you spend your life with people of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, religions, creeds, and opinions about Neil Diamond?
If life is going to be diverse and you need to learn to befriend and engage with people of all ages then it would seem to follow that the best socialization preparation would include a life that models the future. A real life, a life at home, in the real world 24/7.
Unfortunately public schooling forces kids into a petri dish of the peers and many kids turn into Lord of the Flies 2.0
Ironically, successful public school kids, have something in common with homeschool kids. Parents who volunteer with their kids, who engage in Scouting, Church, Mission work, Drama Club, Band, Sports and activities. In those places the children are engaged with people of all kinds and ages. It is really there their true productive, healthy socializing occurs.
As homeschoolers, our entire life is lived like this, not just evenings, weekends and summers but all the time.
Once and for all, can we stick a fork in the "homeschoolers lack socialization" argument?
... I know, this is not the end of it. I might as well stick the fork in my eye.