I went by the field of the slothful, and by
the vineyard of the man void of understanding; And, lo, it was all grown over
with thorns, and nettles had covered the
face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was
broken down. Then I saw, and considered
it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction (Proverbs 24: 30-32).
Much has been written and said about homeschooling and socialization, most of which is in the context of
young children. But socialization does
not stop when students graduate high
school. For the Christian, socialization
is a lifelong process of participating in
society—without adopting its standards.
In college, socialization continues, and it
does so away from parents’ watchful eyes.
Preparing homeschoolers for college
gives a new perspective on an old question: What about socialization?
It seems clear that homeschoolers become well-socialized high school graduates. They form high-quality friendships; respect and get along with people
of diverse backgrounds; have a strong
sense of social responsibility; exhibit less
emotional turmoil, and have fewer problem behaviors than their peers (Medlin,
Then why is it so scary sending kids to
college today? Because of socialization.
Homechooling provided controlled
and safe socialization. College is neither
controlled nor safe. Today, students socialize on campuses characterized by
moral relativity, political correctness,
hypersensitivity, trigger warnings, safe
zones, and micro-aggressions—in addition to institutionalized hostility toward
all things Christian. Lessons from social
psychology give homeschoolers important advanced warning of the socialization challenges they will face on campus.
Social psychologists, like homeschoolers, are interested in socialization. The
scientific study of socialization includes
our perceptions of ourselves and others,
group dynamics, how we form attitudes,
When our children were young, we guarded their
and the College Environment
by Tim Rice
socialization. In college, they must guard themselves.