I don't think paying school taxes means you get to use the schools as you see fit. If you don't have kids, can you go use their equipment?
As a homeschooler in my area, I believe (I have never tried it) my children could use the library at the school we are zoned for. My girls could also go to the local school for end of the year testing if we chose to do so.
I think what it boils down to is that many on this thread believe that homeschooling or putting your child in private school means that you are cutting all ties with the public school. IMO, that is simply not the case. There are many services that you pay taxes for that are only offered through the public school. In many places it simply is not an option to just go out and join a rec team. There are not rec teams in every town. My area has a large homeschooling community where we can all band together and make our own teams. That is not the place everywhere.
ETA - To sum it all up. In my opinion, sports are not during the school day but after school and should be equally offered to all students who live in that district. Not offering those services is discrimination to homeschoolers and to small private schools who are too small to have their own teams.
Who on earth argued that? Do you consider Kim's children to not be residents of their town because they cannot play on the public school team because they go to private school? What a weird qualifier for resident! My kids don't play on school athletic teams as they are too young, are they not town residents? What about childless couples or people like my parents whose children are grown ~ due to their lack of sport participation are they nobodies? For someone who knows nothing about sports (ie professional athletes could/not would play on a HS team, professional athletes CAN play in the olympics etc) you are certainly giving them a ton of weight in determining who matters in a town or not! How odd.
Personally as a homeschool family I don't mind it either way.. I would rather NOT take their money and services and not be controlled by them. However there are other homeschoolers that don't mind the curriculum nor the state, but it is their local school/teacher/children that is the issue.. for those I could understanding wanting to have the "best of both worlds".... this is why k-12 and connections (psing at home) are on the rise. If one is participating in one of those then they are registered with a local public school.. so should be treated as such.
My children will never be professional athletes, and there is plenty for them to participate in without being involved in the school programs at all. We are also quite rural. Also, our local community is very homeschool friendly. I could totally understand wanting more resources if ones community wasn't as homeschool friendly. But even in rural areas, there is plenty to do.. it is a different mindset than the city. Instead of indoor play parks, or dance/soccer/swimming etc.. we fish, shoot, swing, visit friends, bike ride, play pick up games of basketball and baseball, picnics, etc etc.
As far as resources for curriculum, often a homeschooling parent has to be inventive and seek it out.. but there are a vast array of options these days. Even where I live there are two homeschooling groups, one with parents that have children in their 20s with lots of resources and ideas to spread around... also most states have conferences, or curriculum fairs. And state services for disabilities are often available not linked to schools, though they may cost additional monies...
I worked in the ps system as a special need educator/assistant.. it was the main reason I choose to homeschool. If you learn about your child's disability one can often be the best teacher... at the homeschooling conference in Oregon that I just attended I saw quite a few disabled children... with obvious physical disabilities, parents when talking to them have been teaching their children at home for years.. and sucessfully at or above grade level... For those with disabilities like dyslexia..
My oldest has slight dyslexia.. but as ANY good parent I recognized it early and sought help where I could. My niece also has dyslexia.. she was not helped in public school but passed over and passed on grade to grade..she is now in highschool and still can't spell, and hates to read. My son at 11 can read, loves it.. and still has trouble spelling but we work on it almost daily.. as I take responsibility for his education.
Often times when children are put into school parents abdicate their responsibility to the state. It is what the state needs.. they say they do not want it.. that they want the parent involved.. but once a parent does it makes it more complicated.. it is much easier for the state to put them into the social public school cookie cutter machine.
Last edited by Rivergallery; 07-01-2013 at 10:31 AM.
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Although I am worried about what many people have mentioned, especially people "homeschooling" to train more and kids who aren't part of the school community taking regular spots from those that are, I think I tend toward letting them play. There are too many kids who are homeschooled because there parents don't want them to socialize with regular kids, or who want to control their kids on a micro basis, and giving those kids an opportunity to socialize and meet people and get some diversity in their life is important.
The homeschoolers I know personally are part of communities of other homeschoolers so they create those opportunities, having theater productions, music performances & groups, and ways to play sports (although in smaller leagues).
Anyway, this isn't something I'd ever fight against if it came up, I wouldn't want to deliberately deny opportunities to anybody. But I think as a policy it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.