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This is one of the most frequently asked 'frequently asked question' about home education. It is important to question whether the social needs of children are properly met through exposure to hundreds of other children for long periods of time, as occurs in a formal schooling environment.

Prior to the advent of modern education, children were not socialised in this way. It is also unlike the world our children will experience when they emerge as adult contributors to society. Rather, a child's social needs are often more fully met through interaction with their direct and extended families and as they mingle with their community. This involves exposure to people of varying ages in real world contexts, whereas interaction in school is largely restricted to a single, narrow age band in an environment which offers limited experience. Home educators believe that, far from disadvantaging their children socially, education at home gives them a social advantage, with an ability to communicate with all age groups and an absence of the restraint of negative peer pressure.   - from Home Education Australia

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