Reason 177: Because The Right Socialization Is Important

Here is an interesting article from “Foundation Of Economic Education” that explores “socialization”, and what is meant by that term:

Homeschooled Weirdoes and the Culture of Conformity

We are all the product of “socialization” more than we, ourselves, can ever know. When I was 15 years old I thought bell-bottomed pants were the coolest thing ever, and so did everyone else. But now I look at those old grainy pictures and wonder what I was thinking. And that’s just clothes. What new ideas, implanted by the institution, were I also “wearing” on my mind? I can think of a few, but they don’t bother me. It’s the evil and wrong ones I still carry, and don’t realize that I do, that bother me, for they’re being passed from the institution, through me, to my own children.

This really is a fascinating read, and I highly recommend it. Here’s just a bit from the article:

In the early 1950s, psychologist Solomon Asch conducted a series of experiments on the dangers of group influence. When presented with simple problems that 95 percent of individuals could answer correctly when free of group influence, 75 percent of Asch’s test subjects would get the answer wrong when it meant concurring with the group.

In 2005, neuroscientist Gregory Berns conducted an updated version of Asch’s experiments, complete with brain scans to determine if the wrong answers were a conscious acquiescence to social pressure or if, instead, test subjects believed that their group-influenced wrong answers were in fact correct. Not only did the subjects report that they thought their wrong answers were right; the brain scans seemed to confirm it: they showed greater activity in the problem-solving regions of the brain than in those areas associated with conscious decision-making. And the nonconformists who went against the group and gave correct answers showed heightened activity in the part of the brain associated with fear and anxiety.

Commenting on the implications of these experiments, author Susan Cain writes,

Many of our most important civic institutions, from elections to jury trials to the very idea of majority rule, depend on dissenting voices. But when the group is literally capable of changing our perceptions, and when to stand alone is to activate primitive, powerful, and unconscious feelings of rejection, then the health of these institutions seems far more vulnerable than we think. (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking)

Groupthink, in other words, is dangerous to a free society. And we don’t always realize when we’re not thinking for ourselves.

Steeping one’s self in the objective truth of the Bible has the effect of leaching the wrong, evil and bad ideas implanted by groupthink to the surface over time. Biblical based homeschooling gives your children a head start toward that end. And yes, in the end, to a weirded out society, your normal children will look like the “clown” who refused to wear the bell-bottoms.



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3 responses to “Reason 177: Because The Right Socialization Is Important

  1. “Socialization” in the public school context is peer-oriented. Homeschoolers are usually socialized to a wide range of ages. Let me give the example of our son, since he was 12, 3 yrs younger than our daughter, when we began homeschooling and didn’t spend as much time in the government schools — which is why I like to use him as an example when people talk about homeschoolers missing out on socialization.

    When we would get together with other homeschoolers, our son was well known by the mothers for his wonderful treatment of younger children and played with them to keep them occupied. He was also respected among those of his age and got along with everyone. He was smart as well as compassionate.

    He became a snare drummer with the pipe band of which I was a member. The youngest member of the band besides him was 19. Most members were late 20s, early 30s, with some in their 50s and 60s. The drum section and pipe sections both had this sort of make-up age wise. My son advanced so quickly in his music abilities that at 13 he was appointed as drum corporal (2nd in command of the drum section, in charge when drum sergeant was absent), meaning he was in command of men 15-40 years older (one drummer was in his 60s), who respected him and followed his lead willingly. This sort of socialization and leadership among people not of his peers is something you don’t find among the public schools.

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