Home-schoolers: Learning at home does not equal shortage of social skills

Home-school children practice their tee ball skills at Veterans Park. Tee ball is one of the activities offered through the Kingdom Homeschoolers group.

Home-school children practice their tee ball skills at Veterans Park. Tee ball is one of the activities offered through the Kingdom Homeschoolers group. Photo by Mandi Steele.

During his freshman year at Rockhurst University, Gabriel Jones conducted a research project for his psychology class that studied public, private and home school students’ perceptions of each other.

His findings showed that other students saw home-schoolers as perhaps “academically superior” but also “nerdy,” “geeky” and “lacking in social skills.” Jones, a 23-year-old home-school graduate from Millersburg, laughs when he talks about the study, because he said the perception that home-schoolers are socially inept is a common misconception — just a stereotype.

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