Sports for home-schooled athletes

A boy who’s being taught at home wants to try out for his local high school’s soccer team. There’s no reason to deny home-schoolers a chance to play on a team, argues a South Carolina father.

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  1. Maybe the child can’t play on the team because there is no accountability for such things as grades, attendance, or behavior. Or maybe he can’t play on the team because he doesn’t attend the school. Either argument works for me.

    And the “we pay taxes” argument is a load of crap. I don’t get to go on the taxpayer-funded mayoral trip to Washington, D.C. I don’t get to fly the F-16 or the space shuttle I paid taxes for. I can’t even ride in the fire engines. But damnit, I paid for those! Waaaah!

    If someone wants to be on a school’s sports team, go to the school. Even college athletes are expected to do that (enforcement notwithstanding).

  2. Peter Zawilski says:

    The homeschooled student can get an opportunity to play soccer on a local club team. I may be assuming that in his area there is a soccer program. Where I live, the city has an extensive program from recreational to level I select.

    The parents should have considered this before “stoking the coals” of a potential legal fight.

    Furthermore, the parents chose to homeschool their son, I would presume to escape the “corrupting morals” of the public system. Wouldn’t playing on the school’s soccer team “corrupt” their son?

    To deny a spot on the team for a student attending the school to accommodate the homeschooler wouldn’t be fair. You want the positives of the public school prepare to accept some of the negatives.

  3. Not everybody homeschools for moral reasons, unless the moral is one wants the best education for one’s child. I guess that’s a moral reason.

  4. greeneyeshade says:

    some homeschoolers here in suburban baltimore hired some coaches, bought equipment and fielded teams in the local high-school leagues (basketball and volleyball, i think _ not sure about the more expensive sports) under the name CHEN – christian home education network. seems to work for them, why not for others?

  5. Yeah- this (and similar) proposals have been controversial within the homeschooling community. My feeling is that the majority of home educators would like these parents to sit down and be quiet. Most of us want nothing to do with the government schools.


  1. Hube's Cube says:


    Joanne Jacobs has some intriguing posts up. One asks how good, qualified teachers can be made to remain in the schools that need them most. I especially liked the reader comments since these usually cut through any pretense of PC….