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    Filed at 12:24 pm under by dcobranchi

    From the NG official who runs the bee, in an inset panel next to the op/ed Daryl blogged below:

    In 2004, procedures to register and participate in the bee were modified to ensure greater fairness to all participants. Those rules state that for the 2005 contest, public, private and parochial school students can only participate in the bee at their school if the school has registered with the society. Home-schooled students can participate in a bee through their registered Home Schooling Association.

    How, precisely, are these registration requirements more fair? Does it matter where the participants come from?

    Well, I’m beginning to think that it does to someone. From the rules:

    Bee registration is open to schools and homeschool associations with students in grades four through eight who are not over the age of 15 by the time of the national level. A student must be enrolled in a school or homeschool association that is registered with the Bee. Also, students of the eligible grade levels must be following a school schedule and academic course load comparable to the majority of the student’s grade-mates and age-mates. A student may not be enrolled in more than two academic courses at the high school and/or college level during each school year of the competition. We reserve the right to disqualify a student if we believe the rules have not been followed.

    […]

    5) What if there are not six eligible students in the school or homeschool association?

    We are sorry but that is the minimum requirement for the school-level competition.

    So, academically advanced HEKs need not apply. Unschoolers need not apply. HEKs whose families don’t belong to some kind of “official” group need not apply. And since we don’t want the embarrassing spectacle of too many HEKs in regional and state competitions, let’s make them knock one another out at the local levels.

    I smell collusion.

    2 Responses to “A CONTESTOCRAT WHO DOESN’T”


    Comment by
    Jema
    March 23rd, 2005
    at 1:29 pm

    That even excludes students from small rural schools. I graduated in a class of 23, and that was the largest it had been in my 13 yrs of public schooling. There wouldn’t have been 6 interested, eligible students in any one grade level. 2 or 3 perhaps, but not 6.


    Comment by
    Eric Holcombe
    March 23rd, 2005
    at 2:29 pm

    And don’t forget, parents and relatives can’t register them as “principal” or see any materials.

    I read a few articles in a recent NG issue for the first time in years. Headliners were a big spread on Darwinism which was more of a criticism of Christian belief than espousing evolution and an article on global warming with unobserved data extrapolation presented as “facts”. The photography was still beautifully done, but the tone of the magazine is a lot different than I remember from years past. It does not surprise me that they discriminate against homeschoolers specifically.