Center Academy Socialization

Socialization Myths and Realities

Parents sometimes worry about their child’s opportunity for socialization in the smaller private school.

When we take a realistic view of socialization as a psychological process, we find that superficial experiences have little if anything to do with socialization. The ability to socialize and work well with others finds its roots in the individual’s own psychological makeup. This is developed primarily in the home by modeling parents and siblings and is influenced by genetic predisposition. In order to have true socialization capabilities, one must first feel secure and have basic trust in others. Once these attitudes are established, the child needs to learn to be independent and autonomous as well as industrious.

A recent survey of adolescents indicated that as many as 60 percent of the students felt unsafe in their large high school. This is certainly not the basis for security, trust and relationship building. And, what about the real world? The large middle school and high school do not represent the real world that we as adults would be willing to work in. We certainly cannot expect less for our children. Most of our children will work in small businesses, professional offices and smaller units of larger companies, where socialization skills will be extremely important for advancement and in reducing stress.

The research to date does not indicate that large schools prepare children to socialize in the “real world” of the future.

Things Are Better at Home

So often, children with learning-to-learn difficulties have trouble with study skills, staying on task and completing homework assignments. This produces confusion, loss of self-confidence and feelings of failure. To academically turn the corner, Center Academy is just the catalyst needed.

After as little as two weeks at Center Academy, parents report the child is happy to come to school, family time is again pleasant, and battles over homework have stopped.

The structure of the classroom and support of a caring, well-trained staff really can make a difference.