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SHOULD HSERS BE ALLOWED

Filed at 6:33 pm under by dcobranchi

SHOULD HSERS BE ALLOWED TO PARTICPATE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL SPORTS? The following appeared in the Oxford (PA) Trib:

The Way I See It, petitions by parents who elect to home-school aren’t going to go away. Should home-schooled youth be allowed to participate in public school extra-curricular activities within the school district in which their parents pay taxes? That is the question.

Recently, I had an opportunity to discuss the matter with a father who has a daughter who is a gifted athlete. She has played in AAU sports over the summer and fall with public school children, but will be unable to pursue middle and high school athletics if the district chooses to lock out home-schooled children. He was interested in hearing my position as a member of the media.

While I informed him I was open to the situation, I did hint that I’m leaning toward the lock out. Personally, those who find the public school system unacceptable for academics, but permissible for athletics, music and theater, confuse me. I must admit, it appears they want their cake and eat it to.

UPDATE: I’ve been cogitating on this one all night and I’m still not sure how I feel. Personally, I don’t think we would ever attempt to have our kids play public-school sports. But, we live in an area where there are tons of other activities for the kids. Would I still be so sure if we were living in a small town where the high school sports program was the be-all and end-all? I don’t know. And, what about the kids who are particularly athletic and potential scholarship candidates?

On the other hand, I can see how allowing HSers to participate could cause problems in the school. There are only a limited number of positions on many teams. What happens when a HSer’s participation causes another kid (who actually attends the school) to miss the cut? Is the HSer treated like some kid of interloper? Do the teachers and the PTA get involved? It could get ugly.

That said, I don’t see how allowing HSers to participate (or parents lobbying for that “right”) could negatively affect HSing freedoms. So, even though I would not choose to have my kids participate, I support the HSing parents in their efforts.

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