Just a short response before Shabbos begins. I think it's an important
discussion, especially the questions about socialization. My
experience has been that most socialization happens at home when
young, and then through peers and role models when older. I would like
to create a community of kids that will learn and socialize together
with a tremendous focus on middot, character development, concious
social interaction and relationships with self, others and Hashem.
This is my ideal, and I feel that perhaps we could acheive this within
a smaller community of like minded learners, peers, parents, teachers
and role models in the community. I have seen a lot of socialization
within the school experience that I would not want my kids exposed to.
I don't want to shelter them from the world, but I do want them to
have the best start possible when learning how to be with themselves
and others, and I just haven't seen the evidence of this in other
places yet. Perhaps this is also somewhat idealistic, but I would like
to have a vision, and then approximate this as best I can with the
help of others who also see this as an important issue.
I feel that in order to create great learners, teachers and leaders we
have to provide exceptional experiences and examples from the get go.
So this is one of the reasons I've begun this discussion, and how I am
looking at the socialization issue. Also, from those that I've spoken
to that have either homeschooled, or are homeschooling, there are
tremendous opportunities for interacting with so many different types
of people, and to learn how to be with them. Wouldn't this be a great
way for kids to learn to lead in terms of showing the positive
experience of having an observant lifestyle...kiruv from the
So happy that you are open to talking about it, I so look forward to
more of yours and your husbands input in this.
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