Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Another side of Socialization!

Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging and playing
ball. The women are
sitting on a bench watching. Eventually, they begin to talk.

W1: Hi. My name is Maggie. My kids are the three in red shirts --helps me keep
track of them.
W2: (Smiles) I'm Patty. Mine are in the pink and yellow shirts. Do you come here
a lot?
W1: Usually two or three times a week, after we go to the library.
W2: Wow! Where do you find the time?
W1: We homeschool, so we do it during the day most of the time.
W2: Some of my neighbors homeschool, but I send my kids to public school.
W1: How do you do it?
W2: It's not easy. I go to all the PTO meetings and work with the kids every day
after school and stay real
W1: But what about socialization? Aren't you worried about them being cooped up
all day with kids their own
ages, never getting the opportunity for natural relationships?
W2: Well, yes. But I work hard to balance that. They have some friends who're
homeschooled, and we visit their
grandparents almost every month.
W1: Sounds like you're a very dedicated mom. But don't you worry about all the
opportunities they're missing out
on? I mean they're so isolated from real life -- how will they know what the
world is like -- what people do to make
a living -- how to get along with all different kinds of people?
W2: Oh, we discussed that at PTO, and we started a fund to bring real people
into the classrooms. Last month,
we had a policeman and a doctor come in to talk to every class. And next month,
we're having a woman from
Japan and a man from Kenya come to speak.
W1: Oh, we met a man from Japan in the grocery store the other week, and he got
to talking about his childhood
in Tokyo. My kids were absolutely fascinated. We invited him to dinner and got
to meet his wife and their three
W2: That's nice. Hmm. Maybe we should plan some Japanese food for the lunchroom
on Multicultural Day.
W1: Maybe your Japanese guest could eat with the children.
W2: Oh, no. She's on a very tight schedule. She has two other schools to visit
that day. It's a system wide thing
we're doing.
W1: Oh, I'm sorry. Well, maybe you'll meet someone interesting in the grocery
store sometime and you'll end up
having them over for dinner.
W2: I don't think so. I never talk to people in the store --certainly not people
who might not even speak my
language. What if that Japanese man hadn't spoken English?
W1: To tell you the truth, I never had time to think about it. Before I even saw
him, my six-year-old had asked him
what he was going to do with all the oranges he was buying.
W2: Your child talks to strangers?
W1: I was right there with him. He knows that as long as he's with me, he can
talk to anyone he wishes.
W2: But you're developing dangerous habits in him. My children never talk to
W1: Not even when they're with you?
W2: They're never with me, except at home after school. So you see why it's so
important for them to
understand that talking to strangers is a big no-no.
W1: Yes, I do. But if they were with you, they could get to meet interesting
people and still be safe. They'd get a
taste of the real world, in real settings. They'd also get a real feel for how
to tell when a situation is dangerous
or suspicious.
W2: They'll get that in the third and fifth grades in their health courses.
W1: Well, I can tell you're a very caring mom. Let me give you my number--if you
ever want to talk, give me call. It
was good to meet you.
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