Against Homeschooling wrote:You're all stonewalling. I understand that you're all proud, as parents, and you don't want to take the hit of admitting that maybe some criticisms - important criticisms - of homeschooling are justified. However, it is simply not fair to your children to be an apologist for their lack of social opportunities.
I'm sorry, but if you think kids shouldn't date in high school (or, heaven forbid, shouldn't attend rock concerts) you are in a very small, very peculiar minority. Your anecdotal experiences, however tragic, should be told to your children as warnings regarding potentially dangerous activities and not as condemnations of those activities.
I'm sorry, but I absolutely have to laugh at the grotesque degree of irony in your statements. Everyone here is stonewalling?! The parents here are the ones who can't take criticism of their reasoning?! Perhaps "pot" you should take a long look in the mirror before you call us "kettles" black.
You accuse everyone here of using anecdotal experiences as their support, and yet you have yet to have used anything but that to try to support your own position. And, at that, you have only your own personal experiences to fall back on. Frankly, just because you and your parents made little to no effort to socialize doesn't mean everyone else who homeschools is as backward as you and your family appear to be.
I saw no one say that teenagers shouldn't be allowed to date nor that they shouldn't be allowed to go to concerts. I might take this moment, however, to point out that just because YOU think that's what teenagers should be doing doesn't mean they should. I might also take this moment to point out that dating and concerts have little to nothing to do with public schooling versus private schooling versus homeschooling. I had one boyfriend in high school (public high school), and I met him through my church youth group. Frankly, I don't see how I would have met anyone to date in high school. It's not like I could talk to anyone during class; guys weren't in pep squad; and lunch generally divided along gender lines--- girls ate with girls, guys with guys.
Look, what you need to learn in debate is that just because you didn't like it or have a good experience doesn't mean that's a solid argument why no one should like it let alone have a good experience themselves. It's evident you made little to no effort at socializing while you were homeschooled. Blame your parents or, better yet, yourself for that. Blaming homeschooling itself is ludicrous, and you've provided no evidence whatsoever to support the idea that homeschooling fails to provide socialization.
In short, your 'argument' is completely unsound. Let me turn your last statement back on yourself: YOUR anecdotal experience with homeschooling, however tragic, should be told to homeschooling parents as warnings regarding potentially isolating activities and not as condemnations of those activities.
Frankly, until you can come up with something better than "I had a bad homeschooling experience so all homeschooling kids are having a bad homeschooling experience," you might just want to drop this debate. And since I minored in logic, philosophy, and the classics, I think I know a poor argument when I see one.