Home-Schoolers Are Hoping to Don Varsity Jackets in Virginia

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by 184550, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. 184550 Guest

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    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.
     
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    I would think attending to the University would be the requirement of being able to associate yourself with it.

    I don't feel inclined to wear a University of Auckland jacket. I mean, look at their coat of arms:

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    Such lack of colour. :p
     
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    I'm sort of torn about this issue. The biggest problem is the lack of a grading system. Homeschoolers would seem to have a free ride.

    The law does have caveats though. Have to be homeschooled more than two years, etc, etc so it would seem to address legitimate issues.
     
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    I liked how the article point out the potential 'safeguards' and basically says the school districts can be as strict or as lenient as they want to be when dealing with the home-school issue.
     
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    I'm also torn. Little voice in my head kept saying let them play as I read the article. I do see the points for not allowing them.

    Not a fan of home schooling.
     
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    This is how I feel about it. I can understand wanting to participate in athletics - but as Nathan said, there are plenty of county/city organizations that bring the homeschoolers together which allow them to participate in extra-curricular activities.

    And let one person on a team - and you're setting the stage for homeschoolers to fight to participate in other ascpects of the school district.

    And as a former high school athlete - there's just something about playing with those you go to school with and representing your school - I wonder how a team would feel about adding someone who didn't actually go to the school with them on a daily basis. I can't see them treating that person the same as they would treat the kids they hang out with all day/every day.
     
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    If they can pass S.A.T.'s for their age, I say let them in.

    Is this about sports or tuition/alumni support?
     
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    Wasn't Tebow home-schooled yet allowed to play for the local High School?:confused:
     
  10. 184550 thread starter Guest

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    Yes. The article mentions that these types of bills are also known as 'Tim Tebow Bills'. However, this article deals with the home-schooling issue in Viriginia.
     
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    I'm generally against home schooling, but i feel bad for the kid and don't think his parent's choice to home school him should prevent him from playing. I understand the reasons against it, i just feel bad for the kid.
     
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    I feel bad for the public school system, its so terrible that parents have to teach their kids themselves.
     
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    It's really not, it's usually just the religious nuts that choose to home school. Can't speak for the whole country, but my area has an amazing public school system. All the home schooled kids i've met have been socially awkward religious weirdos.
     
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    Why don't homeschool parents who are naturally so good at teaching get teaching degrees and teach at schools? That way they could help scores of kids instead of just their own progeny.
     
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    Because that's socialist.
     
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    If only western society valued teaching as a profession as much as our eastern brethren.
     
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    We used to. I'm not sure what happened.
     
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    What? How could a home-schooled kid be allowed to play for a high school team? If they don't attend the school then they can't play - simple as that.

    If the parents want to give him the opportunity to play sports at that level then maybe they shouldn't have denied him the opportunity of attending the school.

    Can't have your cake and eat it too - the parents need to deal with the consequences of their decision to home school their kid.
     
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    His parent's still pay the same taxes as everyone else's parents. He shouldn't have to suffer because of his parents poor decisions.
     
  20. Chundles macrumors G4

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    They pay the same taxes but the kids don't attend the school.

    I went to a private school, my parents paid the same taxes as everybody else but I shouldn't be allowed to play for the local public school's team.

    What would they say if someone from the school turned up at their house and said "hey, we pay the same taxes so we can use your pool."

    Homeschooling parents can't pick and choose what programmes they want to take advantage of at a school they have chosen NOT to enrol their child. The kid is going to have to head off to Uni and play there - if he's good enough he'll get in.

    Very much against homeschooling - the kids just never seem to adjust well once they leave.
     
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    Those not attending the school should have no place on that school's teams.

    The taxes are irrelevant in these terms. If someone forfeits their choice to public school then they forfeit the other benefits to those public schools. Since when are only certain aspects of a school subject open enrollment? What about other school clubs?

    Homeschooling parents made their decision. If they want their kids to have better access to public school activities... send them to public school! They're not all bad, far from it.
     
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    The Middle Ages happened.
     
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    How can you say the public school system is fine? America blows more money and gets less for it once again and is content, go figure.

    Who said anything about natural teaching ability? I thought we were talking about public schools here. Glorified babysitters more like it.
     
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    Reading your posts is like living in some bizarro hell-like world. According to you, nothing works. What a sad place to live.
     
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    The public schools that I attended my entire life were great. Just because you might have gone to a crappy public school doesn't mean everyone did.
     

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