NYT Article I think that home-schooled students ought to be barred from participating in athletics. While I think the whole 'my-parents-pay-taxes-too' argument is a solid one, the parents made a choice to not send their child(ren) to public school. I agree with Bosher, even though he kind of evokes a slippery slope argument, that public school, and its perceived benefits, cannot be operated as an a la carte system; either take it all or take nothing. Where I live, the home-schooled students have their athletic teams that compete against the local public school teams and/or private school teams. I personally think this is a great solution for all involved. If home schooling really is growing at such a strong rate, it shouldn't be too hard for them to form their own teams.