I will say I think it is something that you just have to just move on from if you choose to homeschool vs. public school. I can't enroll my kids in the local vocational school and then want them to be able to play on the traditional hs teams.
As for the tax remark, I find that silly. I pay taxes and I have access to the tennis courts, football field, track etc. when school is not in session. I don't get to join the track team because of that.
I'm thinking unless it's a community rec thing they have to find something else to join.
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
There are lots of things that I pay for via taxes that my choices still influence. I pay for jails but choose not to be a criminal and take advantage of their hospitality. Taxes pay for welfare but we choose to work and not receive it. Ditto WIC. I mean, using the "pay taxes" card isn't carte blanche to get whatever one wants. Plus from what I've seen a lot of homeschool families choose to live very frugally, many of them don't even pay federal taxes.
Well the reasons parents homeschool probably has nothing to do with music but it doesn't mean their kid can get a space in the band. It's probably not acting but they can't star in the school play.To me it seems kind of petty to say you have to take it all or none. Most the time the reasons parents homeschool have nothing to do with sports. So we tell people that they have to pay the tax bill for other kids to play sports but their kids aren't allowed to play because.... ? It seems to me like people just want to punish these kids in some way because their parents choose to homeschool. If there is a pass or play requirement that is easy, the parent(teacher) needs to sign a statement that the student is passing.
It's not petty or punishing, it's the reality of what those activities are.
There are sports leagues outside of school, the Y, many many options. But you don't get to be on a team representing a school you don't go to, taking a space from someone who does, and not having to fulfill the same requirements as everyone else on the team.
My daughter goes to a public high school. Going to this high school was a conscious decision she made knowing full well that she could not participate in sports. Some kids choose to go there; some decide sports is a greater priority. Our community has lots of opportunities to play "club sports" so they aren't missing a lot.
Look, if our schools did that (and they might, I have no idea) I certainly wouldn't protest it. It's not that big of a deal to me. But for the purposes of debating, and giving my opinion, it doesn't seem fair to me.
I agree, Laurie. Schools aren't just a random collection of classes. They are a community, and I feel like the point of sports and other extra-curriculars is to get the kids and families more involved in that community. I don't think it's fair that someone who is purposefully choosing to not be a part of the community would take a spot from a child who is. If it happens, oh well, I'm not passionate about it and I wouldn't complain about it, but I still don't think it's fair. Just like sending my kid to the artsy school and insisting he play on the other high school's team would not be fair. It's not about taxes; my taxes fund the whole district, not just one specific school.
I think i have a real problem with the academic requirements. All the kids from the public school..the school that team is actually affiliated with...have to meet the requirements based on the schools academic requirements in order to play. Its based on the schools grading, based on the schools classwork and everything else. I don't think any child should be afforded the ability to use some different set of standards, accredited by an authority not affiliated with the school.
As a homeschooler, if you are taking a single class at the school, then you are being graded by the same standards as the rest of the students. If you are participating in something that has no school related requirements...then there is nothing to worry about in that regard.
But with school sports thats not the case and I don't think its okay to use two different standards for two different groups of kids.
I don't think homeschooler's are being picked on here. Kim's example of the private school is a good one. I went to a private Christian College where there was no football team (basketball and soccer were the big sports there). If someone wanted to be a professional football player, they wouldn't come to our school for an education...it just wouldn't make sense. If this 15-year old boy really wants to be a professional soccer player, then maybe his parents should rethink their education decision at this point in order to provide him the opportunities he needs.
CARRIE and DH 7/14/07