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Friday, November 23, 2007

We need to choose between homeschool and public school

I just read a story about homeschoolers in the Baldwin Union Free School District in New York who want to participate in public school programs. I understand how parents are seeing tons of free resources for their kids that the kids can't participate it. But I feel like if you are going to separate your kids from public schools, then you need to separate your kids from public schools.

In life, you seldom get to have your cake and eat it too.... to homeschool while demanding use of public schools activities is in my opinion damaging to homeschoolers who are fighting for true separation and also unfair to the public school children.

If we, as homeschoolers want sports groups, and bands, and ensembles, then we need to create our own. It can be done. In the Atlanta area where I live we have a major homeschool sports organization that provides football, baseball, cheerleading, and more. There are homeschool choirs and bands. There are traveling soccer teams and more. Instead of fighting for the free public school resources, parents can spend the time and effort organizing groups that will trump what the public schools have to offer.

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marye said...

I absolutely agree. I wrote a post on this several months ago myself.

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

I agree. My 2 daughters, 8 and 7 are involved in a homeschool school where they go 1 day a week and 1 of their classes is cheerleading. They even will have the opportunity to cheer a couple of games with the older girls at the basketball games of this homeschool school. They are out there, you just have to find them.

Life On The Planet said...

While I agree with you about needing to remain seperate from the public school system, you must remember that in rural areas there may not be enough homeschoolers to form leagues or associations.

When you have to drive half an hour or more to find another homeschooler, it changes your perspective.

Melissa Markham said...

I agree with you. I think it will make it harder on homeschoolers if people start demanding to take part in some public school things. And it will also ease the way for the school system to make it harder for homeschoolers. I think the two should be separate. We live in a rural area and we take advantage of community sports programs.

Isaiah5513 said...

I agree, but my husband is screaming, "My tax money!"