Maria’s an outlier. Prime candidate for homeschooling.
The Education Establishment is set up as a FACTORY. Factories run best when all components & machinery run within spec, as close to “normal” as possible. (I use “normal” in the statistical sense. 6-Sigma, anyone?) It was modeled after Henry Ford’s idea of mass production. Kids who are especially bright, dull, creative, handicapped, precocious, immature – kids who deviate from “normal” – do not fare well in the factory & slow the cogs down for all the “normal” ones.
“What about Socialization?”
Modern education is an anomaly in the anthropology of child rearing. Usually kids are raised by their parents, in a family & community, with more cross-generational interaction than interaction with other kids of identical age & experience. Why one would want their 7 yr old child’s values, judgement, & character shaped by other 7 yr olds is just plain odd!
I hear the socialization doubt more often than doubts about the quality of education. But if you interact with kids, you’ll find homeschoolers, as a group, to be more socially well adjusted than “normal”.
John Zakour and Scott Roberts