Social deprivation hurts child brain development, study finds
Now, if you read this, you'll see that they were working with kids who were left alone for huge chunks of time in a poorly-run orphanage. What I'm waiting to see is if someone will jump on this as fodder for "Here's why homeschooling is bad for kids". Of course, those of us who homeschool, have homeschooled or know anyone who homeschools recognizes that homeschooled kids are not under going the deprivation of a Romanian orphanage.
And we all know that children, even only children, with loving parents are daily being socialized by the most simple of acts: learning to say "please" and "thank you", interacting with the lady who runs the children's hour at the library, visiting Grandma, going for a walk and saying hello to the neighbors. Socialization is the norm for most children, wherever and however they are raised and educated. (And let's all pray for the children for whom this is not the norm.)