Today, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed into State law a bill that says “Pennsylvania’s public schools will have to open their sports teams, drama clubs, marching bands and other extracurricular activities to home-schooled students starting Jan. 1.” My question is, why should homeschooled students be permitted to participate in extra-curricular activities if their parents have decided the public school system isn’t good enough to educate their child(ren)?
Yes, I understand that they are required to, and do, pay the annual school tax just like everyone else in the State. The payment of that tax entitles their child(ren) to an education. They have chosen not to participate. The reason(s) do(es) not matter. The point is, they opted out. They’ve chosen to educate their child at home. Personally I applaud their dedication. That being said, I don’t understand why they want the activities that are available for public school children to be open to their children if they don’t like the way the schools are run or the education that is offered. Those same teachers are often the coaches of the various teams. Their philosophy of education is going to carry over to the field. So the philosophy is not good enough for the classroom but it’s good enough for the field?
And I don’t buy into the statement that there aren’t other opportunities for sports partiicpation. Well, perhaps not for free. But then they argue, well the sports scouts don’t look at players except in the school system. Oh. I see. Sooooo, this is about your kid getting a look-see for a possible college sports scholarship?
Or perhaps it’s more about this: “Sen. Bob Regola, [the] freshman legislator who sponsored the Pennsylvania bill.” He said he “became aware of the debate when several home-school parents approached him at his first campaign event.” “I said I would definitely support home-school legislation if I became a senator.” His way of saying thanks for voting me into office. Maybe?
NB: Just for the record, I applaud those who homeschool their children. It takes a lot of discipline, commitment, preparation, and faith to do so. That is not my issue.