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Sociology Professor Napoli 28 November 2000 The Socialization of Children Home Schooling Over Public Schooling Every parent who makes a decision to home school can be assured that they are going to hear the dreaded S word What about socialization Often thats the extent of the question without any major elaboration It seems to me that there are 3 basic implications in the question Socialization is necessary Socialization is good And finally to be properly socialized children must spend large amounts of time with their peers This paper will go into detail to consider the question of whether home schooling or public schooling provides the most positive socialization for children and the least negative socialization This is the primary concern of those who question the soundness of home schooling Before dealing with these assumptions however lets first consider one important question What is socialization I looked it up in Websters Collegiate Dictionary Socialize- 1To place under group or government control especially to regulate according to socialist principles 2To convert from an antisocial to a social attitude make friendly cooperative or sociable 3To convert or adapt to the needs of a social group 4To take part in social activities 1995 The dictionary gives us clear and rigid definitions of socializing yet because of that rigid-ness it loses some ability to be practically applied to our changing society Socialization can and has been interpreted in many ways Educators sociologists psychologists and other social scientists have offered various interpretations of what socialization is Chafetz describes socialization as the process by which an individual becomes a creature of society The process whereby the individual is converted into the person is the view taken by Hargreaves Colley Zigler Child define socialization as the whole process by which an individual develops through transaction with other people his specific patterns of socially relevant behavior and experiences All of these interpretations are accurate and represent
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