Thursday, January 14, 2010

Why should homeschooled students participate in school activities?

If you decide to homeschool your child, should he/she be allowed to participate in school activities? I think the answer is no. Now I know there's a lot of reasons why a parent will decided he/she can do a better job than the school. But if you've made that decision, why should you be allowed to pick and choose which school activity you want your child to participate in? Specifically, I am talking about high school football players that are homeschooled and thus at a disadvantage when it comes to college recruiting. Well guess what? Tough luck. If the school isn't good enough for your child academically and your solution is to take him/her out of the school (instead of augmenting what the school does), why should there be a spot for you on the school football team, debate team or other extracurricular team? That's some other kid's spot you're taking up.

I especially like this parent's reason for homeschooling his children:
The Douglases, who are devout evangelical Christians, disapprove of some of the lessons taught in public schools. For example, Steve does not want his children to take science classes that teach evolution as fact. "The thing I was most concerned with was teaching from a Christian perspective," Steve said. "We teach science from a creation standpoint. The theory of evolution is just a theory, and not a very good one."

How can you teach science from a creation standpoint? While I agree that evolution is a theory, creationism doesn't even rise to the level of being a scientific theory. Don't get me wrong, I am a christian but I know creationism isn't science, it's faith. Which means it has no place in a science class. You may think evolution is not a very good theory but it's the prevailing one. So until it's debunked or another theory proven, it's the standard for science.

Anyway, the point is if you aren't part of the school, you aren't part of the school. You can't choose to be part of the football team but not show up in the classroom. Sure you pay taxes but since when did that become a mandate to subvert things? Our taxes foot the bill for the white house but unless your last name is Salahi, you can't exactly stroll in there anytime you like. Can you?

BTW, don't get me wrong. I am not against homeschooling. If you think you can do a better job, by all means go ahead. But just don't expect to get the benefits reserved for those in the school system. After all, the names on the front of the jerseys is usually the school's name.