I’m currently homeschooled. I’m actually <more> social now than I was when I went to public school. It’s been stressed already, but I feel I must stress it again. Homeschooling does NOT teach kids to be homocidal maniacs, nor does it cause most parents to become them. I can understand linking the two, given that some wackos DO indeed choose to homeschool their kids, but the majority aren’t wackos, and aren’t going to kill their kids. Just like the majority of kids aren’t going to bring a gun to school and attempt to kill other students and teachers. Some seeds are bad, regardless of where they’re planted.
And lezlers: I am not particularly sport driven, more the intellectual sort, but I <could> be involved with the county sports (football, soccer, etc). My friends call me all the time, or IM me online, we are all still close. I could go to prom, if I chose, as a few friends invited me. Still very social. I tend to be friends with people older than me, college students and whatnot, so I have people to talk to during the day if I’m lonely. I tend to be naturally self-dependent, though fully competent socially, I prefer to work by myself. I went to public school, up to this year, and honestly, I think it’s safe to say I spend more time both learning, AND socializing now.
http://www.home-school.com/ is a good source of basic information.
One of the main reasons I wanted to be homeschooled, was I hated how my entire life became controlled by the school. I would be so exhausted by the end of the day, but my day ended at 3! There is much, much more out there than there is at a public school, and I knew I was missing out on it.
That being noted, I’m rather laid back and <not> gossipy. I probably could still gossip if I so chose, but since it bothered me the way people did that in HS, I have no intention of carrying on the tradition now that I’m free. My friends and I still get together and chat, go to the bookstore and discuss boring things, just like we did when I was in public school. I’m weird though… so I don’t know how good of a measuring stick I am.