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Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:49 PM

'Tebow’ bill to let home-schoolers play high school sports passes Va. House

The House of Delegates voted 59 to 39 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would allow Virginia’s tens of thousands of home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools.

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), has said he will sign the bill. “Home-school parents pay taxes like everybody else,” he said

The bill bans public schools from partnering with the Virginia High School League (DU addition - the VHSL opposes the bill) — which governs high school activites in the state — because it forbids home-schoolers from playing sports or being involved in other programs such as drama, debate and yearbook. It only pertains to high schools, because children in lower grades are often able to play at their local public schools.

The change would sunset in 2017, and supporters would have to return to the state to reevaluate the situation after four years.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/virginia-politics/post/tebow-bill-to-let-home-schoolers-play-sports-passes-va-house/2012/02/07/gIQAb5KIzQ_blog.html

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:50 PM

1. Enough Already

 

Tea-Blow is a disgrace to humanity

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Response to 1ProudAtheist (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:18 PM

13. Public school players have to maintain a certain gpa to play. Homeschoolers? Who 'vets' their grades

Home schoolers should NOT take a spot away from kids in school. Is the home schooler going to come in for pep rallies etc?

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Response to peacebird (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:20 PM

14. Home schooling shouldn't even be legal.

 

If their kid's school is a warzone, they should just suck it up or buy a house in a wealthier district.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #14)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:41 PM

28. I would have thought so too, but my nephew was home-schooled. He is presently

at the very top of his class in college. He got the highest SAT score. His grades are perfect and he has paid nothing for his education, being selected for full scholarship. His brother is hot on his heels, about to enter college, same situation. Full scholarship.

There's some very good home-schooling programs out there, apparently. I guess the one my brother purchased for his kids has been pretty damned effective.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #28)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:49 PM

113. His scholarship should be revoked immediately.

 

He should have suffered with the rest of the children. Not sure how your brother lives with himself.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #113)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:48 AM

132. Do I detect a hint of sarcasm here?

Sometimes it's hard to tell on DU.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #113)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:38 PM

196. Aren't you being a bit harsh?

You want to punish the student for decisions made by his parents? Or perhaps you left off your sarcasm tag.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #28)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:23 PM

253. What was the program? Or may your nephew is just damn smart? nt

 

I'm interested in learning what the home school program was because my daughter is looking to home school her daughter.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #14)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:07 AM

118. Vincent Giordano agrees: NJ Teachers Union Boss With 500K Salary Tells Poor "Life's Not Fair"

 

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/02/07/nj_teachers_union_boss_with_500k_salary_tells_poor_lifes_not_always_fair.html

New Jersey Education Association Executive Director Vincent Giordano appeared the "New Jersey Capitol Report" this weekend to discuss the costs of education. Giordano tells poor families who can't afford to go to better schools "life's not always fair." Transcript below.

Host: The issue of fairness, I mean this is the argument that a lot of voucher supporters make. People who are well off have options. Somebody who is not well off and whose child is in a failing school, why shouldn't those parents have the same options to get the kid out of the failing school and into one that works with the help of the state?

NJEA boss Vincent Giordano: Those parents should have exactly the same options and they do. We don't say you can't take your kid out of the public school. We would argue not and we would say 'let's work more closely and more harmoniously' …

Host: They can't afford to pay, you know that. Some of these parents can't afford to take their child out of these schools.

Giordano: Life's not always fair and I'm sorry about that.





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Response to stockholmer (Reply #118)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:25 AM

154. I think the opposition to vouchers is mostly from people whose personal economic future is bound up

with public schools. E.g., teacher in a teacher's union.

What I never see suggested is to simply require that vouchers only be used in schools that have unionized teachers. I don't follow this, closely, so don't know if this is commonly suggested, or not. But, I've never seen it.

The whole charter school thing seems to be a back door into breaking teacher's unions. So, insofar as they're supported by people who want vouchers (and I don't even know if this is true), I could see the two getting conflated.

Does anybody know about any voucher system, involving unionized teachers, only?

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Response to TMED (Reply #154)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:06 AM

162. Not all Charters are like that

Here in Wilmington, they use Charters as specialized schools that are part of the school district. My friend's daughter goes to a charter school but it is part of the school district. It's a school for those with strong artistic schools (Cab Calloway). They also have Charter schools for other specializations including an AP school Wilmington Charter, which is better than most of the private schools in the state (Btw the girl got into that school too). It's nice how it's setup because children who are extremely talented or score high on tests have a chance of attending a public school that rates just as well as the expensive private schools.

But for every decent charter out there, we still have the bad charters which are not affiliated with any school district. Those I have issues with.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:53 PM

33. Jesus...

John 8:15-16
New International Version (NIV)

15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208:15-16&version=NIV

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Response to xocet (Reply #33)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:06 PM

35. LOL!


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Response to xocet (Reply #33)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:28 AM

124. Drop Kick Me Jesus Through The Goal Post of Life

 

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Response to xocet (Reply #33)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 12:53 PM

274. eisogesis versus exogesis

from the book of grantcart 4:3-5

3 eis·e·g e·sis = an interpretation, especially of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text. 4 But if you think a verse from sacred scripture is relevent to a discussion do not search for a bullet from the scriptures that appears to mean something that you think supports your point. 5 But rather explain how in the basic narrative of the entire book that the author has written a treatise that supports your fundamental point and how that particular scripture captures the fundamental point of the author.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #274)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 02:16 AM

279. Sorry, you are reading that book all wrong....

It is actually a case of anegesis versus kathegesis (in the mixed form to be precise) as

Geloutopoios 4:3-5 clearly states in its original language:

3 hexanoi to pentoi syntagmanos kathedron
4 to alloi epithantos pterodous exothermi
5 hoi endothalloi pyrousi epentesthai

God, why can't they ever spare the blood, sweat and tears to read the original Greek??

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Response to 1ProudAtheist (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:07 PM

71. Evidently, Someone Ripped Some Pages Out Of Your Oxford...

 

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Response to 1ProudAtheist (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:21 AM

122. +10000, and especially so are his hateful followers

 

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

-Mohandas Gandhi


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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:54 PM

2. If you're not taking classes at that high school, you can't play sports there

 

PERIOD!!! What a bullshit bill!!!

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:01 PM

4. I am a bit split on this ...okay not really

on one side they DO pay taxes

the other side is:
- participation - if you won't send your kid to school then you are forfeiting your right to public school activities
- accountability - they don't face the same set of criteria that the public school kids face constantly. Who knows if they are behaving enough to (in my VugGinya drawl) DuhSERve the HONor of RePresentinh ya scHUool on tha FOOT...BALL field

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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:06 PM

7. I think the "pays taxes" argument supercedes all others. nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:23 AM

128. Childless property owners pay school taxes too

Now, this is why this is a bad idea: Schools receive funding based on enrollment, and part of the money received goes to the sports program. Homeschoolers by definition aren't enrolled, so the school receives no funding for them. If they're playing ball, they're using tax dollars but the government won't reimburse the school because the kid isn't enrolled.

Now, if they can figure out some kind of a "sports only enrollment" setup that gets the school the money to pay for the homeschooler's spot on the team it would be okay, but fundie homeschool parents wouldn't go for that because Jesus told them not to affiliate themselves with heathen socialist educational systems. (Of course, the football is still going to be covered with evolution cooties but those ones are okay.)

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #128)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:15 PM

252. Excellent post! nt

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #128)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 04:10 PM

265. K&R!!! n/t

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:21 AM

152. At our high school, sports is a class

Are we to let parents decide which classes their kids will/won't take?

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #7)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:37 PM

194. I Choose Not to Enroll in the Military

However, since I pay taxes I should be able to use the runways at Air Force Bases, practice at military weapons ranges and eat at the mess halls. OR, not be tax for their wars.

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #194)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:56 PM

254. The second thing you'd like to be able to do isn't such a bad idea

Military weapons ranges aren't in use all the time. I really can't see a reason why the military couldn't open their ranges up on Saturdays and Sundays when the weekend warriors aren't using them, and let civilians fire on them. Charge them a couple bucks for targets, you bring your own ammo and your own lunch, and you meet at the main gate by 0900 to be escorted in by MPs and escorted back out by MPs at 1600.

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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:12 PM

10. Schools get money based on student enrollment

If families who home school those kids paid the difference for the lose of funding for each of their kids, I would agree with you on the tax point, although not the fairness point.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:40 PM

57. That's why many schools punish truancy harshly

 

The funds received are based on attendance/enrollment.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #57)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:50 PM

62. Yup -- I'm surprised people don't know this

As I was answering, my cat ran across my laptop and somehow hit the "alert abuse" link!!! I was able to cancel it.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #62)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:08 AM

144. Why isn't your cat in school?

No cat-footbal for him/her!

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #62)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 05:59 PM

267. That would have made

for the fastest and easiest DU jury duty ever.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #57)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:07 AM

134. Okay that is a point that I did not know

thank you

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:10 PM

74. Their Parents Support The Activities; Thus, It Would Be Unethical To Deny Their Children

 

the right to play.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 08:55 AM

257. Then give them back taxes paid towards the school....

 

PERIOD! What a bullshit scam!!!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 06:58 PM

3. Yes but they don't attend the school so why let them play on the school's teams?

Hey, if you want to keep little Johnny or little Janie and home school them
because you afraid that a public education will keep them from the "true
Jesus, who is the son of God and is the word made flesh" and all that other
crap then shouldn't be infected by ANY OF THE SCHOOLS ACTIVITIES. And if
you want them to play sports send them to a "Christian School" which you can't
throw a dead cat in VA and not hit 1 or 2 of those type of schools.

Home schooling bible thumping anti American bigots .... fuck em all.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:03 PM

5. or that is another way to put it

which I agree with
I live here
and you are right.


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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:05 PM

6. As long as you let them opt out of school taxes. nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:16 PM

11. If they don't want to pay property taxes that support a local

school district they are opposed to then they should live where
they do ..... I find these home schooling "there is no such thing as
global warming" and "the earth 6,500 years old science teaching"
people a threat to America's future.

I find these people very anti American and not too Christian either.
BTW my late uncle was an Episcopal Rector in a small town in S.W.
Ohio and he and his wife worked their asses off to help all the people
have a better quality of life. Their kids went to public schools and
did just fine.

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Response to Botany (Reply #11)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:18 PM

12. Because everyone can just move away. nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:21 PM

16. No. Funding public education is the responsibility of all citizens. Period. An educated population

helps the country.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:25 PM

18. What other services do you suggest citizens fund that they cannot take advantage of? nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:31 PM

23. Everyone benefits from an educated citizenry. On edit: you said "take advantage of"... Hence our

disconnect. In general it is usually repukes who worry about taking advantage of, and dems who worry about taking care of, or looking out for the best interests of everyone.

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Response to peacebird (Reply #23)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:39 PM

102. So are home schooled kids uneducated?

 

Also, not sure you got what I meant by "taking advantage."

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #102)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:51 AM

135. Nice straw man, i never said home schooled kids were uneducated.

I asked who would vet that they had the gpa to allow them to play in sports. Schools will not allow kids to play if their grades fall below a certain level. If mom & dad want their little homeschooled angel to be a football star, who checks to be sure he or she really deserves that straight A average mom & dad gave them?

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Response to peacebird (Reply #135)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:55 AM

136. You said everyone benefits from and educated citizenry

 

Since homeschooled kids go to college, get scholarships, etc. they seem to be meeting the educational requirements.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:38 PM

26. They CAN take advantage of public education (and sports).

 

They CHOOSE not to. Big difference.

Analogy: Christian Scientists' taxes support public hospitals, just like everyone else's.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #26)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:40 PM

104. They are choosing to take advantage of sports.

 

If you choose not to take advantage of SCHIP, should you not be eligible for medicaid.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #104)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:26 AM

123. So, they can join a non-school sports program?

That sounds good to me.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:21 PM

40. I don't have children

Why should I have to pay taxes to fund schools?

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #40)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:41 PM

105. Grants you future access. nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #105)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:49 PM

180. Not if you are beyond child-bearing years, like most of the adult population.

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #180)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:37 PM

195. Who paid for your public education?

The system is set up so everyone pays a small share. The taxes you pay for that public education do not cover the complete cost of educating you child. It is made up by everyone paying. Some parents move into certain school districts knowing full well that they will be paying higher property taxes to get better schools. Richmond ISD in Richmond, Texas has the highest property tax rate in Texas but their school district is rated in the top ten every year.
One of the selling points in any house purchase is the quality schools. A school that gets exemplary status will see their property rates of that school's attendance region go up dramatically.
Good schools in your neighborhood will effect the value of your house. So even if do not have kids in school, you can still sell your house a lot quicker and for more money than a house in a poor school area.

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Response to kemah (Reply #195)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:37 PM

230. what does that have to do with "grants you future access?"

Nothing.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #18)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:52 PM

63. ALL OF THEM. Fire Departments have to serve disproportionately poor neighborhoods...

 

Same for police.

I'm sure there are some services that I might not feel warm and fuzzy about, but most are for the greater good.

We all pay taxes because it's the right thing to do, and especially in education.

Who are you to wish educational misery on any poor child????

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #63)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:43 PM

107. I agree.

 

If you live in the Bronx and your kid has to go to JFK(a warzone) then make them go and shut up about it. Or move to a wealthier district.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #107)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:47 AM

158. But allow them to go to the war zone to play sports.

'kay.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #158)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:56 AM

160. gang activity doesn't have the prevalence

 

Or the same distraction on the field. Also, the quality of teaching at schools like JFK tends to be lackluster because all the good, experienced teachers go elsewhere.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #107)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:58 PM

188. Or work to improve the district...

Or work to improve the district, and the education system to an equitable level-- unless it's simply too inconvenient.

I imagine we often may only see two possibilities when in reality, many more quite often exist.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #188)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:01 PM

189. So if it takes 10 years then at least you are helping the future children.

 

Your own are collateral damage, but that is always necessary.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:24 PM

17. i don't have kids. can i opt out of paying school taxes?

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Response to frylock (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:25 PM

19. Sure. It's the new thing. nt

 

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Response to frylock (Reply #17)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:07 PM

36. no, but since you pay taxes, you can play on the high school team.

 

which seems to be the logic of the thread.

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Response to frylock (Reply #17)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:08 AM

145. When you were in school other people paid

Now it is your turn to pay for education. It benefits whole society to have an educated population. Through history the educated nations always became the winners. Why did the white man conquer the new world? Why were we able to beat Japan? Technology.
That you do not get home schooled. You might get a basic education but you need higher ed to compete in this world. Getting straight A's in college is not a matter of intelligence but in having good study skills.
That's why foreign students get such good grades. Friday night you will see them at the library in their study groups. While American kids are hitting the beer and discos.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:17 PM

38. You seem to be operating under the delusion that people pay taxes to send their children to school

 

People pay taxes to send ALL children to school. We do this because we have decided that educating children is a good thing to do. Those children are going to become our doctors, politicians, firefighters, police, military, etc. I prefer that the people that I will need to rely on to not be dumbasses.

If a family decides to opt out of public education, fine, teach them whatever you want at home, but you do not get to opt out of your obligation to educate all children. In addition, their decision to forego public education means that whatever education they get is on their own dime. No vouchers..

I'm split on letting home schooled kids play sports and take classes that can not be home schooled effectively. My personal opinion is that it should be OK, as long as the students can pass standardized testing to show that they are on par with their grade level.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #38)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:45 PM

109. I thought schools were to help kids?

 

I agree completely with your last paragraph.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #109)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:02 AM

140. Exactly, All kids.

 

If someone decides not to use the school to educate their children, they do not get to choose to stop help paying for the school. You have been suggesting that they can and should be able to stop paying taxes for schools.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #140)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:05 AM

141. Yes, all kids.

 

I was merely suggesting that solution if you're not going to let them participate in school activities.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #141)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:10 AM

142. No, you were suggesting that homeschoolers should not have to pay taxes for public schools.

 

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #142)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:13 AM

146. if they can't participate in activities, yes

 

Would you prohibit home schooled kids from attending an after school drug program?

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #146)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:46 PM

247. You seem to be unable to comprehend that we pay taxes to educate all children

 

You keep slipping into the notion that people who choose not to not participate should be able to not pay taxes, because their children are. not going to public school. By that logic, I shouldn't have to pay, since I don't have any children and it's doubtful that I will. I've been paying proprty taxes for 26 years to educate the children of my state, because it is the right thing to do.

At some point, I may give up on replying to your posts as you seem to just be bringing up the same random points to anyone who is bothering to reply to you.

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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #247)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:26 AM

249. You seem unable to respond to my points.

 

We pay taxes which entitles us to access if we need it.

Once again, would you prohibit a homeschooled kid from going to an after school drug counseling program?

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #249)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 11:21 AM

270. You seem to be unable to comprehend what I've already said

 

I've answered that question more than once already.



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Response to Thor_MN (Reply #270)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 11:24 AM

271. Your lack of answer is an answer. nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #271)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 12:02 PM

272. Go back and read my posts and you will see that I have answered you

 

Unless you have something new to say other than demanding that I answer a question that I have already answerd, give up.

Apparently you believe that pubic should be an ala carte system. Should students be allowed to not take classes that they don't want to take and substitute home schooling for just that one class?

I've already answered you on home schoolers participating in public education, what are you feeelings on the collary?

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:27 PM

78. Using your logical, then those of us with no children

shouldn't have to pay school taxes or those whose kids have graduated should be exempt.

(I agree with the poster who said we are all responsible for funding the public schools.)

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #78)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:46 PM

111. My logical is that schools are there to help all kids.

 

Homeschooled or not.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:42 PM

83. I think you may be lost

 

FR's that a way------------------------------->

it is the responsibility of the community to pay for schools.
everyone went to school as a kid, it's their place to pay for them as adults.
everyone (except the gop) benefits from an educated populace

These parents need to pay for their kid;s cost to the school if they want their brat playing public school sports.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #83)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:47 PM

112. Brat? Nice.

 

So their taxes don't cover their cost to the school? Maybe their should be extra taxes for homeschooled kids.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #112)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:55 PM

116. if they want to drain public school resources.. then yes

 

In most cases, now a days, we're probably not talking about people teaching their kids advanced physics, but hateful conservative rhetoric.
im sorry but i have no sympathy for that kind of scum.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #116)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:09 AM

119. Or maybe they're just living in the Bronx and don't want their kids to use the metal detectors.

 

I agree they need to just suck it up or at least move to a wealthier district.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #119)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:12 AM

120. Hi, what planet do you live on?

 

where people can afford to simply move?

If a school wants to make an exception and/or require the new athlete attend at least one period that's fine.

but seriously, what's your thing thinking people can jsut up n move?
besides home schoolers usually live in affluent areas already!

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #120)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:00 AM

139. You're having your words turned around on you with

A bit of sarcasm in a helpful way it seems.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #116)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:45 AM

130. You paint with a broad brush.

My wife and I homeschool our children and we know many homeschool families. I don't know any of them that spend their days teaching hateful conservative rhetoric. My kids are academically well beyond where they would be if they spend their days in the local public school.

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Response to jhasp (Reply #130)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:58 AM

168. Every homeschooling parent I've ever talked to claims

their child is advanced and achieving way above their age/grade level.

And every homeschooled child I've ever worked with was working far below their age/grade level.

Go figure.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #168)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:41 PM

177. Okay....

We use a curriculum that is used in many private schools and is considered to be rigorous. It's a curriculum that I used in private school and when I went to public school (6th grade) I was a few years ahead in language arts, reading, and math. My 5 year old daughter writes in print and cursive (legibly), can add and subtract double digits (I watched her do it yesterday), can count back change, and can read and spell at least at a second grade level. She's about finished with the 1st grade curriculum. My son, who just turned seven, can do all of that and he is a little ahead of her on math a lot ahead on reading (he's at the third or fourth grade level). She's still better at handwriting.

I have a PhD and am a professor at a public university and my wife has degrees in biology and chemistry and a background in public health. Your sample is likely biased because homeschooled students that are doing well continue to be homeschooled and ones that aren't doing well leave and go to public or private schools (I'm assuming that you are a teacher). Homeschooling isn't for everyone. I know homeschooling families that do it for indoctrination purposes and their kids are not prepared for the world. We homeschool for several reasons. Chief among them, the ability to give our children the best education possible. I grew up poor and in an abusive home and education was my ticket out of that life. We also like the flexibility of homeschooling. At 7 am when the school buses are driving by to drop kids off at the school two blocks away, my kids are still in bed. When I'm out of school in mid-January, we get to take great vacations. Some days the kids are very focused and get through two days of lessons. Some days they aren't and they just do some reading and a little seat work. All in all, it works well for us.

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Response to jhasp (Reply #177)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:55 PM

183. there seems to be a contradiction in your posts:

"I know homeschooling families that do it for indoctrination purposes and their kids are not prepared for the world."

vs.

"I don't know any of them that spend their days teaching hateful conservative rhetoric."

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Response to spooky3 (Reply #183)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:10 PM

192. Indoctrination isn't always hateful

I do know specifically one family that homeschools purely for religious purposes. They and their kids aren't hateful, in fact they're really nice. However, their kids aren't prepared for the world. Not all religious people spit venom.

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Response to jhasp (Reply #192)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:39 PM

232. thanks for the clarification as to your intent

However, I do not see "indoctrination" as positively as you do, and I don't think it's necessary to call it "hateful" for it to have some negative aspects.

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #112)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:01 PM

190. And education programs dealing with homonyms, too.

"Maybe their should be extra taxes for homeschooled kids..."

And education programs dealing with homonyms, too.

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #190)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:06 PM

191. LOL. Long days at work definitely stress my grammatical ability. nt

 

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Response to Occupy_2012 (Reply #41)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:43 PM

85. which is ironic really

 

considering how many thumpers watch football on tv

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:17 PM

75. The Considerations Of Parents Who Choose To Home-School

 

are most often associated with educational values.

Nevertheless, it is irrational to discriminate against those whose decisions are rooted in religious values.

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:24 AM

153. In our county, we have an alternative public magnet school that does this

it's 6- 12 grade - also known as "hippie high." They don't have sports teams, band, etc, but they have classes and a more student directed experience.

The students attend those after school extracurricular activities in their local neighborhood middle or high school.

It works fine, and allows us "hippie" parents to send tour kids to a public school where kids learn much more about democracy and being active citizens, and still have the full range of sports, band, etc that our taxes pay for.

We still have to go to the neighborhood high for the sports and band - we don't get our choice of any school in the city. And it does keep us involved in the local neighborhood school, in terms of what's offered in the way of those programs. We're expected to participate in the bake sales and other fundraising for those programs, and PTA meeting where those decisions are made about our kids' teams.

I see no reason to penalize homeschooled kids for a decision that their parents made concerning homeschooling. It benefits the public school to have more participation, where those parents would not have participated at all.

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #153)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:07 AM

163. You might very well be right but I fear these "school the kids @ home" fundy ...

.... whack jobs and see them as a real threat to America and democracy. I feel
bad for the kids but if "they" (the parents) feel it is so important that they don't
want Mr. Jones teaching their kids about world history then they give up the right
for that very same Mr. Jones to use his knowledge, skill, and time to "coach up" their
kid in football.

To me their is a difference between going to an alternative school that is PART OF
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT and home schooling your kids. In Ohio the current governor
and many members of the State House and Senate are members of a radical anti
public education movement who really want to see it shut down and replaced w/
private charter schools, christian schools, and home schooling. I see this idea as one
step in that direction and I think it should be rejected because it weakens one of
the ideas that made America great, a free publiceducation.

Ohio State Senate Majority Whip Shannon Jones is a perfect example of these
anti public education "whack jobs."

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Response to Botany (Reply #163)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:34 PM

175. There are people that home school their kids because of special needs

that don't get addressed in the public schools. I'm not one of them.

And there are whack jobs that send their kids to public school. Believe me, I've met them. I had a fellow kindergarten parent ask me if I knew which kids had gay parents, so they could discourage their kid from befriending those kids to prevent their kid from seeing anything "like that." I told her that there were several same sex parents of kids (it's a magnet dual Spanish Immersion school, and many people that adopted from South America wanted their kids to learn about the language and culture) and that she might want to transfer to her neighborhood school, which might have a less progressive parent base.









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Response to ehrnst (Reply #175)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:44 PM

178. It is a complex issue and did not mean to paint w/ a broad brush

thanx for your thoughts

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Response to Botany (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 06:03 PM

268. Not everyone

that home schools does it for religious reasons. There are people that do it because they want their kids to actually learn something, rather than being taught to take a NCLB related test. Some people want their kids to do well in life, and not learn how to operate a fryer at McDonald's.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:08 PM

8. I oppose this from a school pride/spirit perspective

its one thing to grab a bunch of kids and form a summer softball team sponsored by Larry The Sofa King, its entirely another to bring in kids to play for a school team.

Sports goes beyond the field.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:26 PM

21. I agree with this

Having played team sports in college.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:21 PM

77. Ruby, Put Your Liberal Hat Back On.

 

Sports goes beyond the field.

Indeed, children who are home-schooled will take their experiences from the field with them.

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Response to Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Reply #77)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:11 PM

99. Children who are home schooled have not been socialized

Sorry, sticking with that. I have worked and volunteered with adult home schooled children and lets just say they 'never learned how to get along with others'.

While adding them to the mix in HS sports could help a bit with that, it isn't fair to the kids in the school who are denied those spots and will make it increasingly difficult on the kids who are trying to be part of a team/school spirit.

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Response to Ruby the Liberal (Reply #99)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:48 AM

131. So homeschool kids aren't properly socialized and...

we shouldn't let them go socialize and be part of a team. That's brilliant.

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Response to jhasp (Reply #131)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:23 PM

193. +1 (nt)

 

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:10 PM

9. Do not agree

Home schoolers literally take money from the kids who are in public schools.

I know not every home schooler comes from a Crazy Fundy Family, but families who home school their kids do make a choice, and I don't think children not part of the student body should be allowed to take resources -- and team slots -- away from enrolled students. As a parent, this would really tick me off. This also takes possible college scholarships away from enrolled students (which is why most of the home schoolers want to play, I bet).

How is this fair???

There are home school sports leagues. There are rec leagues. School sports should be for the STUDENTS. Period.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:20 PM

15. UGH

I agree 100%. Also, why the hell are they passing bills like this when there are IMPORTANT things to discuss?

Stupid Tim Tebow. -_-

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:32 PM

79. "Home schoolers literally take money from the kids who are in public schools."

 

I will be most appreciative if you will assist me in acquiring a better understanding of how they "literally take."

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Response to Occupy_2012 (Reply #86)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 10:05 PM

93. Take = Seize, Capture, Procure, Steal, Appropriate, Purloin, etc.

 

Schools get paid, but the home-schooled do not "literally take."

On the contrary, their parents continue to "give."

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Response to Occupy_2012 (Reply #86)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:53 AM

133. This makes no sense.

The average cost of a student in my local school district is $12,000 per year. So, since my two kids are homeschooled, the school isn't paying $24,000 to educate them each year, and my kids are stealing from the district? You do realize that there isn't an unlimited pot of money used to fund education? Whether or not my kids attend the local school, I still pay in $4,000 in property taxes each year. 60% of that goes to support the local school district regardless of whether my children attend there or not.

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Response to jhasp (Reply #133)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 03:56 PM

261. So you admit that you are wasting your money

your math is as bad as your decision

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Response to Occupy_2012 (Reply #86)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:41 PM

198. Yes, but the schools don't have to spend any money educating the home schooled

students.

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #198)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 03:58 PM

262. Schools to GET any money for homeschoolers

have you not read the posts here?

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:26 PM

20. couldn't the homeschoolers make their own private teams ?

 

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Response to JI7 (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:28 PM

22. They do -- they have private teams

And often private leagues.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #22)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:38 PM

25. so what is the purpose of this bill ?

 

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Response to JI7 (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:49 PM

30. To prove they're more "godly" than you are

isn't that obvious?

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Response to maxrandb (Reply #30)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:48 PM

87. to steal money from public school bankrupting them faster

 

nothing more
remember, the tea baggers are the hyper conservative and they HATE public ed-jeeeww-min-kay-shun

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Response to JI7 (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:34 PM

52. Probably college athletic scholarships

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Response to JI7 (Reply #25)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:32 PM

80. Fun.

 

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Response to JI7 (Reply #20)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:23 PM

43. That's what I was thinking as well.

Let them organize their own teams.

This is so unfair to the kids enrolled in public schools who have to abide by school rules and policies in order to participate in sports activities.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #43)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:29 PM

48. 100% right

They have to have a certain GPA, be "good school citizens," including a certain attendance record, etc.

Why should they get a slot before an enrolled student?

They often do have their own teams, and even their own leagues. A big part of this bill is because of college sports scholarships.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #48)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:59 AM

138. I know you didn't mean it this way but when you said "They often do have their own teams, and even

their own leagues", it reminded me of "separate-but-equal arguments of the past. '"They" have their own water fountains and bathrooms.'

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Response to pampango (Reply #138)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:56 PM

185. Students and their parents are deciding to be home schooled

They could participate in their public school activities by deciding to attend that school. They are the ones who are choosing to be separate.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:37 PM

24. I'm all for allowing home schooled children to try out for Public School teams.

The parents pay the same taxes either way but use none of the public school's resources. It's good for the kids to get a chance to socialize with others outside their circle and nobody's "stealing money" from someone else, as has been alleged by some. We've allowed this in Massachusetts for some time now, and it doesn't seem to be an issue.

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:18 PM

39. Finally, some sanity in this thread

Thanks!

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:25 PM

44. Nobody is saying they can't play on sports teams

Just not in a public school.

THEY ARE NOT ENROLLED STUDENTS.

By this logic, students at private schools should be allowed to be on the teams, too.

And yes, they DO "steal money" from the schools. Certain resourcing and funding is based on enrollment.

I have no kids and pay the same taxes, so what do I get>

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #44)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:42 PM

59. PUBLIC I think is the key word here.

It's NOT a private school, its a public school. People pay for it. People with children in school, people who home-school children, people with no children. If a private school student wants to play a sport that his school does not offer, but the public school in the district where he lives does, then he should be able to play too. Certain resource are based on enrollment. Most sports teams are allotted X number of players for a team. The school pays X dollars for that team whether 0, half, or ALL students are home schooled. You can argue that he's stealing a roster spot from a public school kid, but NOT really that he's stealing from the school.

You have no kids and pay the same taxes, what do you get? Hopefully an educated doctor, plumber, and electrician when you're 80 at a price you can afford. Someone with a job to pay into social security and medicare. Higher property values if your area can retain those it educates, and high school sports to watch if you like that sort of thing.

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #59)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:54 PM

64. I don't get to use the same resources

How is that fair? I should get a reduction in taxes, right? That's the logic shown in this thread.

I opted out of kids.

These parents opted out of public schools.

We both made a choice, so too bad so sad.

Students who are not members of a student body should not be allowed to take team slots and possible scholarships from kids who are active members of that student body. If parents don't like it, they can send their kids to public school.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #64)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:08 PM

73. If you were of the appropriate age to compete in high school athletics

and met then necessary requirements I'd support your right to play on the team too. As it is, you are (presumably) allowed to use the school's athletic fields when not in use by the teams, right? In my town, I am, but I can't speak for all schools.

I don't recall once ever suggesting that anyone not have to pay their taxes, though I did suggest that people should be allowed to use the resources they pay for. To be on the team has certain requirements, and I don't agree that one of them should be enrollment. If you meet those you can play on the team, if not, you can use the fields when they're done. If you're good enough, you'll start and if you're not, you won't. And if you don't get a scholarship because you weren't good enough to start on your high school team, to quote you "too bad, so sad".

You sound like you should be an advocate for home schooling, since your arguments seemed to be based on the premise that home-schooled kids will be better at sports than public school kids.

We've had a number of home-schooled kids over the years on my high school team, and I have to tell you, that hasn't been my experience at all.

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #73)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:53 PM

89. if they want to be ON the team, they should be IN the school

 

it's really as simple as that.

this is N O T a good thing for public schools.
you need to look at the educational funding aspect of this.
these schools are loosing money per kid (they still pay for that kid's gear, and the insurance, but are NOT getting money from the government FOR that kid)

it's not right or fair.
unless the parents are paying for the money required to cover a kid in sports, this is a poison pill to public schools!

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #89)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:36 PM

101. In MA, home schooled students have to pay the same fees as any other player.

now, those fees don't necessarily cover 100% of the costs. When I was in high school, it was something like $100 for football, maybe 60 for basketball and somewhere around $40 for tennis. It probably didn't cover the cost of football (though coupled with football ticket revenue, maybe it did), it probably did cover the full cost of tennis.

In any school, the school allocates, lets say 100K for football (just for the sake of nice round numbers, The number is considerably higher). The school allows 100 kids to play football. That's the size of the team. The school is going to pay 100K for 100 kids to play football. If the school has 350 students, it's going to pay 100k for football. If it has 10,000 students, it's going to pay 100k for football. It's a SET fee.

I know, I know, you're arguing that the school would get slightly more money if this child attended classes AND played football. For many towns the local budget is not based strictly on a "per student" basis either, though the state funding is often handled that way. Perhaps local towns should factor in home schooled kids and give the school system extra money for the kids to play?

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #101)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:43 PM

106. easier to deny the brats

 

seriously, fukem

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #24)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:50 PM

88. the school looses money for every home-school'd player on the team

 

because the school is N O T getting credit for that kid being enrolled.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #88)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:40 PM

103. Then written into the same law should be something to accomodate this.

The parents are paying their taxes, they shouldn't have to pay twice for their kids to play football. If the local government needs to adjust it's "per-student" enrollment calculations for budgeting, I'm fine with that...

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #103)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:44 PM

108. you really don't seem to understand the point of this law do you

 

it's MEANT to kill the schools!
why are you defending the home schoolers anyway?

seriously, what's your angle in all this?

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #108)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:59 PM

117. Based on your comments and I'm the one with an angle?

It sounds like you've got the axe to grind.

I went to public school as did my wife. My daughter is in public school and my son is too young for school (but will go to public school). When I was in high school, we had NO home schooled kids. A few years later, the town had a handful of them and some wanted to play sports. The parents paid their taxes, asked the town if their kids could try out for the teams, the towns had to look into the local rules and said okay. The kids tried out. Some were good some were not, but it was good for both the public and home schooled kids that they interacted. Somehow, it didn't lead to the collapse of the entire public school system, no one died and no animals were harmed.

My "angle" is that I've seen what appears to be proposed in practice, and I'm listening to people with these ridiculous "doom and gloom" scenarios. Mostly, I like to debate with people in the hopes that either I will enlighten someone else, or even better, they will enlighten me. I have no real dog in this fight (though having two small children, I guess I eventually will).

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #117)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:18 AM

121. the difference is law...

 

if the district made a local decision that allowing HS kids into their schools wouldn't break the back, that's fine.
but this is legislation, state wide.

yes, i see nefarious plans in anything that comes from a tea bagger.
I don't trust em. not even a little.

When I was a kid, home schooled kids were generally seriously smart, and did get superior educations at home. and I'm sure there's plenty of that going on today.

but im positive this is just a plot to drain public resources on a state wide level.

seriously, fukem!

if they want their kids to play in the public school's sports team, they should be REQUIRED to take at least one period of courses. preferably science and /or history.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #121)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:04 AM

125. If you think the kids get a better education at home,

why would you favor "dumbing them down" as a condition to play sports, rather than just asking that localities allocate slightly more money to account for this? As of 2007 (I don't have updated numbers), there were about 1 1/2 million home schooled kids, with about 25,000 high schools (as of 2008) nationally, so about 60 kids per high school. Once you factor in how many kids don't want to or aren't good enough to play high school sports, we're not talking about a ton of kids. Currently, half the states already allow this without any serious financial repercussions I'm aware of. If Virginia wants to do it too, I don't see the problem.

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #125)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:12 AM

126. *sighs* do you make it a habbit of not even bothering to read replies?

 

because it certainly seems like nothing anyone has said has made it through your anamantium skull!
whatever.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #126)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:49 AM

127. Read every bit of it.

You think if the town decides to do it that's fine. I don't care if the state does it, and think the state should allocate any necessary funds to compensate the schools if necessary.

You see it as a nefarious plan to drain public school resources (suggesting that the impact would be significant). I disagree on how large that impact will be.

You say that the HS kids you knew were seriously smart, and then suggest that they should be required to take a history or science class. I don't see where that benefits anyone (you increase the class size for a student that would likely not gain anything from the class), unless your also implying that then the schools could count them as enrolled and get the "full rate" for them.

I've understood everything you've said, I just don't think you've made a very good case, and haven't changed my mind.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #88)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:38 PM

197. How so?

 

Having the HS kids try out for the team costs the school nothing. There is no need for additional coaches or additional anything. The only ramification is that some kids that attend the school may not make it because the HS kids was better and got the slot.

To not let them play just seems spiteful. "You're not running your life the way we want so you can't play with us!!!"

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #197)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:25 PM

211. schools get paid for attendence

 

every kid that isn't from that school costs that school money.
they're putting their resources into a child who they aren't being compensated for.
and that takes money away from kids who ARE attending.
the school only has X amount of dollars.
every non-student who is on the team takes from that pool spreading it thinner, and lord knows school don't HAVE any extra money to begin with.

i'm sorry you have the public system. I can't really blame you either, it's going to hell. but your using their team sports is only hurting it.

your kid playing team sports w/o you paying his costs hurts that school because that school is N O T being paid by the state for your kid. you're leeching off the same system you opted out of.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #211)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:59 PM

214. Two things

 

A) the additional head at the school just impacts federal funds.
B) the kid is not taking any additional resources. They will not hire additional coaches. Varsity teams typically have a set number the keep and everyone else is cut. The only people "hurt" by this are the kids who attend the school who get cut from the team. But the HS kids are also in that district.

The people living in the district are paying for the kids in the district to be educated and have sports. If one parent chooses to not use the academic services of the school then the overall funding per student goes UP since the federal funding is a fraction of the overall funding and most is local funding--which will not change regardless of how many student choose to be HS'd.

The bottom line is that it cost the school and taxpayers NOTHING to add that kid to the team. The only difference is WHO is on the team.

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Response to hughee99 (Reply #24)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 12:06 AM

255. Not this again...

At the beginning of the public school year, you have to fill out a form for every kid you have in the public school because those forms determine how much money the school gets from the state and the feds. School funding, while it is from taxes that everyone pays, is apportioned PER STUDENT. The government doesn't just shove money into a five-gallon bucket, mail it to the superintendent, and tell the school, "this should do ya."

And remember what the teacher always tells you: Make SURE to bring this back, because the survival of our school is dependent on you doing so.

Massachusetts may have a way to provide athletics-only funding to the schools, and if they do it really wouldn't be an issue.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:39 PM

27. Then let them form a "virtual homeschool"

 

which could then recruit its own team called the Tebows.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #27)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:38 PM

82. That Would Not Be Fair To The Other Teams.

 

For it would be impossible to exaggerate the magnitude of power of a Tebow Eleven team, on high-school football playing field.

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Response to Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Reply #82)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:43 PM

84. You have a point.

 

Both Catholic and (Protestant) Christian brick-and-mortar schools have a distinct recruiting advantage over their public counterparts, 'cause they aren't constrained by enrollment districts. That's how then-tiny Notre Dame became a national power: by recruiting Catholic players from across the country, at a time when most state schools drew their teams from in-state.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:42 PM

29. ...sorry, I'm WAY over this guy.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:50 PM

31. Wonderful policy. Parents of home school students are taxed to fund school atheletic programs.

 

To deny home-school students an opportunity to participate in sports would be "taxation without participation".

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Response to jody (Reply #31)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:25 PM

45. They aren't being denied anything.

They are free to enroll their children in their local public schools where they can participate in many extra curricular activities. No one has taken that away from them.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #45)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:33 PM

51. They pay taxes to support sports, legally can refuse to go to school, so the result is they are

 

taxed without participation.

Those are the facts as I understand them so please show me which of them are wrong.

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Response to jody (Reply #51)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:35 PM

54. I pay those same taxes for the same thing

Can I be on the girl's track or lacrosse team?

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #54)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:40 PM

58. You have my support. nt

 

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Response to jody (Reply #58)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:55 PM

65. Yes, because that makes so much sense, doesn't it?

To defund public schools.

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Response to jody (Reply #51)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:48 PM

61. We ALL pay taxes to support a community and a lifestyle

that includes quality public schools as well as public safety and well maintained roads.

If I never have to call the fire department to put out a fire in my house, should I get a discount on my taxes?

If I don't drive why should I pay taxes that are used to maintain roads I don't drive on?

Public education benefits all of us, including those of us who don't have children attending public schools. A good public school system raises the property value on my house. It's also good to live in a community where I can trust the clerks in the local stores to count my change correctly. And when the time comes that I may need to be cared for in my community hospital or nursing home, I want to be assured that the people giving me my medications are capable of reading and measuring correctly.

For those benefits I gladly pay taxes to support quality public schools in my community even though I have no children in the schools.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #61)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:55 PM

66. What "We ALL pay taxes to support" is not the question. It is whether for a program that has not

 

shown to benefit society, that is not open to all students, is particularly not open to home-school students, is one that parents should be required to fund with taxes when their student is prohibited by law from participation.

Obviously you don't see it that way.

I can live with those differences, hope you can.

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Response to jody (Reply #66)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:04 PM

70. I have never once called 911 for help from my local police

I want that portion of my taxes used for the police to respond to 911 calls refunded.

That makes as much sense as what you're arguing.

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Response to jody (Reply #31)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:30 PM

49. The parents opted out. Their choice. They can enroll their kids in one of the private

athletic programs.

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Response to neverforget (Reply #49)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:35 PM

53. I agree if their tax bill is reduced the appropriate amount. nt

 

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Response to jody (Reply #53)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:37 PM

55. So, everyone without children can get a reduction, too?

And families with kids in private schools, and people with kids who moved to the area after their kids were grown?

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #55)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:46 PM

60. The question is whether society benefits from education and how to apportion the cost of education

 

The question is whether society benefits from education and how to apportion the cost of education to each citizen.

Progressive tax rates and other methods have been adopted to answer that question and the current policies are not universally supported.

That's OK if education is not an inalienable/unalienable right government is required to protect but, rather is a privilege granted by society through the democratic process.

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Response to jody (Reply #60)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:57 PM

67. That's not your argument upthread

If I don't use a resource, I should get a refund on my taxes. YOU stated that.

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Response to jody (Reply #53)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:03 PM

69. Why? Should people who don't have kids not help fund schools?

I don't break the law, should my taxes be reduced because I don't use the court system or the police?

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Response to neverforget (Reply #69)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:08 PM

72. I said nothing about funding schools. I addressed funding sports programs. nt

 

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Response to jody (Reply #72)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:35 PM

81. You said this in post 53 "I agree if their tax bill is reduced the appropriate amount. nt"

It's same thing since taxes fund athletic programs. Your argument appears to be since the home schoolers aren't using a school resource, they shouldn't be taxed for it.

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Response to neverforget (Reply #49)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:56 PM

90. "The parents opted out. Their choice."

 

The root of parental choice--let's set that card aside.

Now, what is the rational for denying children the opportunity to intermingle with others and experience a wider range of human relationships?

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Response to Thaddeus Kosciuszko (Reply #90)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:45 PM

110. Nothing wrong with that. Send them to a school where there are other children.

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Response to neverforget (Reply #49)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:41 PM

199. They only "opted out" because that's the

 

way you want the rules to be. There is no logical reason for them to not be able to "opt in" for sports if the kid meets the age and residency requirements.

Your claim supports the Catholic church claim/position that its employees "opted out" of birth control.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #199)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:54 PM

243. So a kid who doesn't go to that school can take the spot of kid who actually attends the

school? Really?

And no it doesn't support the Catholic church position regarding birth control. Nice try.

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Response to neverforget (Reply #243)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:37 PM

244. Yes it does

 

And yes, a kid in the district who is better does indeed replace another kid in the district. Both kids are in school. Both parents pay taxes. There is no logical reason to not let the kid play.

It costs nothing.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #244)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 12:37 AM

248. It costs the kid who is physically attending the school a spot. Period.

The other kid is NOT PHYSICALLY in the public school. Sure they pay taxes but they CHOOSE not to attend it. It does cost something. It costs the public school kid a spot to a home schooled kid.

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Response to neverforget (Reply #248)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 10:17 AM

250. And why is that kid owed a spot?

 

I this a "show up and you get kudos" thing?

He could have earned it and bumped the HS kid.

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Response to jody (Reply #31)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:31 PM

50. I don't have any children, so what should the district give me?

I made a choice not to have children, they made a choice not to put their kids into public schools.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #50)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:39 PM

56. Understand but IMO there is a difference between asserting society benefits from education and

 

claiming society benefits from sports programs which are prohibited to all but a select few.

You might have my attention if you want to argue that every sports program should be open to every student and every participant should play the same time.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:52 PM

32. "I want to keep my precious away from public school low lifes AND let them play football too". nt

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 07:53 PM

34. This is going to create a "soup sandwich"

The VHSL already has had serious issues with kids using fake addresses, or claiming to live in certain districts so that they can get into Division I football factories. There have even been accusations of coaches "recruiting" kids to come play High School football for them.

This is going to be an eligibility and administrative nightmare.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:22 PM

42. Home school bashers

I used to bash too, and it's perfectly understandable given the current GOP trend of reviling teachers and public education (yeah, and the unfortunate choice to bring the obnoxious Tebow into the whole thing). But I'll just say in the last few years I have been surprised at the number of progressive parents I have met who are homeschooling their kids. Not for religious reasons, not because they think teachers unions are destroying America, not so they can teach their kids the dinosaurs were too late to Noah's ark. But because they were financially able and thought they could spend more time with their children and give them individual, specialized attention. Religious fundamentalist nutcase homeschoolers I have met? Zero. I live in the SF Bay Area so I'm sure that factors into it. So, I'm just sayin ...

As for the subject at hand, if the schools were smart they should publicly embrace the idea, acknowledge the taxpayer argument, and say they are eager to work with the homeschoolers on finding a way that a portion of those tax dollars could be used to reimburse the schools.

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Response to Occupy_2012 (Reply #92)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:04 AM

171. they don't get because they don't want to...

 

we know the religious right's agenda, and some progressives seem to have their heads in the sand. I hope they are happy with destroying the Commons.

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Response to Ratty (Reply #42)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 10:41 PM

96. Total Accord Is Never Anticipated--But There Are Many Varieties Of Bright Lights.

 

Well placed.

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Response to Ratty (Reply #42)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 08:16 AM

143. Two progressive families we know choose to home school because they live in a big city.

They have modest incomes and chose to buy "more house" for the same money in an urban neighborhood rather than buying a smaller home in suburbia with its better schools. And they believe that their children will get a better understanding of "real" life growing up with low-income neighborhood kids as opposed to going to essentially all-white, upper-middle class kids.

The Dayton City Schools make a lot of money from the property taxes that these families pay. I've never heard any of our friends complain about this because they understood the pros and cons of buying a house in Dayton neighborhood. Paying taxes to support schools that you don't plan to use is one of the "cons".

I don't think either of these families have any interest in their children playing sports at the public schools in their neighborhoods but, if they did, I think they should be allowed to do so since they support these same schools financially.

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Response to pampango (Reply #143)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 08:43 PM

269. What's wrong with Dayton City schools?

My godmother's children went to Dayton City schools and everything went alright. I am sure that some of the schools in that system are better than others, but don't they have intra district transfer? When I graduated from an Ohio high school in 1996, we had open enrollment.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:26 PM

46. Should students at private schools get to play on public school sports teams?

Why not? Their parents play the same taxes.

on edit: This is not directed at the OP.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #46)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:13 AM

147. +1.nt

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #46)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:46 PM

201. If that private school doesn't have a team for the sport and the public one

 

does, then yes.

Why are folks being so selfish and exclusionary about this? Its not like it is costing the school or taxpayers anything.

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Response to obamanut2012 (Reply #46)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 04:01 PM

263. perfect point

no offense taken "

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 08:29 PM

47. multi town in low population states.

In my hometown they added 3 local towns to paticipate in sports. it works gives them enough support to field a team. I feel if a home schooler parents support the team he enters. with money and Parent activitys like driving and spending a huge alot of time to these games that thier child are competing in. let em in. its not like the old days the school would provide the equiment, the uniforms, the bus trips, to all these events. where u could bitch they stealing from the locals. Not anymore parents provide way more then the school can.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:00 PM

68. It seems like a good idea.

Expose these kids to the real world. Get them out of their parents' Disneyworld lives.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 09:18 PM

76. Are they going to be allowed

to run for Class president or the Student Council even if they do not attend the school?

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Response to WoodyM90 (Reply #76)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 10:00 PM

91. would that be the romney rule?

 

run for an office in a place you don't actually live?

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Response to WoodyM90 (Reply #76)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:34 AM

155. It doesn't work that way in our community

I live in Virginia, and we have a local magnet public school (grades 6-12) that's known as "hippie high" because of it's program that allows students more of a voice in the school experience. There is no band, and no sports teams.

The kids go to their neighborhood middle or High school and participate in those programs. They do not go to classes, so, no, they don't run for student council. They only participate in the non-classroom, after school extras that "hippie High" does not have the facilities to provide.

This allows for a greater variety of public educational experience while still benefiting from the sports and music programs that everyone pays for with their taxes.

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Response to WoodyM90 (Reply #76)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:49 PM

202. Are they part of that class or a student?

 

No. They do not participate in the academics there, so they are not. They would simply be member of a team. Could they be the captain of the team? Sure, why not?

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 10:34 PM

94. We had this rule when I was a HS coach in FL in the 1990's

The parents pay state taxes, so I have no problems with it. The stipend that most coaches get outside of Football make it largely volunteer on our part anyway.

In my experience, the student's who do try out are the highly skilled ones. The few players I got were very good. So there are no complaints from me.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 10:36 PM

95. I cannot believe the home school hate in this thread.

 

Some people even suggested that people who home school in bad areas should just suck it up or pay for private schooling!

How progressive is that?!?

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Response to Atypical Liberal (Reply #95)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:51 PM

114. considering that most HSers now a days are fundies teaching their kids fairy tales as facts...

 

the hate is understandable
after all these morans are voting for the tea party which is destroying our country.

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Response to tech_smythe (Reply #114)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:56 AM

137. They are also very smart.

 

I have known perhaps 7 homeschooled people in my life.

All of them were being homeschooled for religious reasons, but also because they felt that they could do a better job teaching than a school could that had to devote attention to multiple students.

One of the kids ended up in prison.

All the rest turned out exceptional.

This is still very anecdotal, but the idea does not surprise me. As Dr. John Ogbu found, one of the biggest predictors of student academic success is parental involvement. Homeschooling is the ultimate parental involvement.

I also don't like the religious aspect of it but I commend people who are so called to teaching that they do it for free.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 10:59 PM

97. The children matter the most.

Playing team sports in the public school is great for kids, whether they are home-schooled or public-schooled.

Being able to play on the team of the local school is good for those kids who do it, so I support this. There is nothing wrong with home-schooling. People do it for different reasons.

Activities that bring home-schooled kids into the community that everyone belongs to are good in my opinion.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:03 PM

98. FWIW, most homeschool parents I know don't want access to public school teams/ facilities/ whatever.

It opens us up to being made to jump through additional hoops to qualify, which runs the risk of expanding those to every HS family, and it's usually more trouble than it's worth in the areas where it's permitted.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:15 PM

100. Hey, our own Ava was home schooled and look where she is!

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Response to graywarrior (Reply #100)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:50 AM

159. She didn't play football.

Plus the fact that she wasn't home schooled so her parents could give her bible study time and cram religious beliefs down her throat while denying the actuality of scientific principles.

On the contrary, her parents decided on home school to help her reach her potential because the school system where she lived was deemed inadequate for her.
There's always an exception to the rule, and Ava was one of the most exceptional exceptions that I ever saw to a rule.

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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #159)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:58 PM

186. Well, I guess you told me!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Wed Feb 8, 2012, 11:53 PM

115. This is Bad Policy

and so are the remarks about "bashing" home schooling. Not only is money not received by schools for students not in attendance, but this applies to all extra-curricular ativities. Students enrolled in a school should not lose a place in school activities to someone not enrolled in that school. As has been pointed out, taxes are not paid because you do or don't have children or where they attend school, but for the whole of society. Now, if you want funds sent directly to parents to determine their children's education, that is another matter.

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #115)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:41 AM

157. Letting untrained "teachers" be a future voter's sole influence

is not for the benefit of society either.

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #115)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:51 PM

203. On the other hand

 

the funding for public schools is not completely based on the number of students. Only part of it is.

So for each kid that is home-schooled, the spending per student in the public school goes up.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:39 AM

129. Faith is back...

 

Cool, it seems.

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Response to SayIt (Reply #129)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:01 AM

170. "Faith".... no. More like Political religio-fanaticsim that is Unamerican

 

by fucking up our social system. It's got NOTHING to do with faith, but dogma and politics.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:15 AM

148. For those who complain about not having kids but still pay property tax

When you were in school, who did you think was paying for you to go to school? Now it is your turn to support the system. The property tax a family pays for education does not fully pay for the education the family receives. They system is setup that all a small share but you continue to pay after you have left the school. It is only fair.

If home schooled kids want to play then they should be allowed to play. But give them the standardized tests that all of the public school students are taking. If they pass the standardized test, then play, if not hit the books. That would make it fair for public school kids have to pass the standardize tests. As a parent I would like to know of my home schooled kid is up to his grade level. If not then I have to hit the books with my child.

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Response to kemah (Reply #148)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:39 AM

156. Agreed - they should meet the academic standards required for participation.

I'm not in favor of standardized tests, except those that are given only to see how one grade level in one school is doing.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:16 AM

149. I see no problem - it's not the kids who decided to homeschool.

And so long as their parents are paying the same taxes as they would if their kids were attending, I see no reason to exclude kids from the experience of sports, drama, band, etc.

Our city has a public high school magnet program that's known unofficially as "Hippie High." They participate in their neighborhood public high school sports teams, band and drama. It works fine.

Again - this should be about what is good for the kids, not about penalizing or judging a decision that the parents made.

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Response to ehrnst (Reply #149)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:34 PM

174. What? Let kids participate in school sports, school drama, school band...

 

but not school? Explain how that makes any sense as it doesn't.

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Response to just1voice (Reply #174)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:53 PM

204. Is it better for society if the kid

 

is completely isolated or if the kid participates with other students in some areas. It might even convince them and their parents to go ahead and enroll.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:19 AM

150. If they pay school taxes, why not, however...

the child in question should be subject to a grades qualification test.

If the kid can't maintain what is considered a B average then no sports.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #150)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:59 PM

208. Do school taxes go to the schools?

I thought the school gets money based on attendance. Fewer kids, fewer dollars. So a homeschooler wants to use school resources without the school getting money for the kid.

How are home-schooled kids graded? What would "B average" mean?

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #208)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:16 PM

210. I know a portion of my property taxes go to the schools here in my city.

That may differ from city to city.

I haven't a clue as to how home school kids are graded. However, if there is a standardized test within the school system developed for kids who are home schooled then the "B" average would be based upon current curriculum that enrolled school children would have to take.

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Response to Javaman (Reply #150)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 04:07 PM

264. Have you ever heard of a home schooler who DIDN'T get straight A's?

awww well Reagan (Morgan, Malachi, etc.) is just so smart we just know it .....

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Response to underpants (Reply #264)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 12:32 PM

273. Yes, actually I have.

I know of two that are awful students.

And your point is?

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Response to Javaman (Reply #273)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 02:48 PM

276. Well I never have

every one that I have met just happened to doing really well when Mom scores the test.

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Response to underpants (Reply #276)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 08:28 PM

277. dupe. nt

Last edited Mon Feb 13, 2012, 08:37 AM - Edit history (1)

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Response to underpants (Reply #276)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 08:28 PM

278. funny how that works. LOL nt

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 09:19 AM

151. Next: "I want to homeschool my kid for only some of his classes

like, the ones where they teach that evolution and global warming BS."

No. No. A thousand times, no.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #151)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:54 PM

206. Why?

 

If they don't do it completely in your authoritarian way, they can't benefit at all?

Nice.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #206)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:06 PM

215. Ah, "authoritarian" is any system involving obligation

Tell me, just where does this mythical society exist except in your mind?

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #215)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:19 PM

219. True, unless you use the definition

 

": of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority <had authoritarian parents>

: of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or an elite not constitutionally responsible to the people <an authoritarian regime>" Dictionary.com

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #219)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:33 PM

223. Wow, a real anarchist.

Tell me, how does that work for you with income taxes? Do you drive a car?

Do you wear clothes when you walk down the street? This is fascinating.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:00 AM

161. If there are all these homeschoolers out there let them former their own teams & clubs

I'm guessing any given area, especially down in the south, there are probably at least 50-100 kids being homeschooled in a school district. Why don't the homeschool kids unite and form their own teams & clubs. Since they don't have a sports field or auditorum they could pay a small fee to use the local school (provided that it's not in use already) or just use a public park for sports practice.

If the homeschoolers have enough players to field a team then they could join the public school league.

It's not fair that a kid who is in a public school could lose a chance to play football or be in a school play because of some outsider.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:21 AM

164. Seems Like a Decent Bill

The homeschool families are already choosing not to use public school services they paid for. Encourages socializing and athletics.

I cannot believe some of the comments on this thread.

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Response to On the Road (Reply #164)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:42 AM

165. Then you better send them to school to pick up that lunch they paid for, too.

Maybe they could hitch a ride on the school- er, lunch bus. And while they're at school, pick up some textbooks just in case there's something that doesn't contradict the Bible.

But wait, they helped pay for the school too. So Mom and Dad should be able to home-school at school-school - as in, use a room to teach Genesis. And complain to teachers who teach evolution, even though their kids aren't even in the classes. They pay their salary too, right?

The Chinese menu approach to public service...sounds good to me.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #165)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:55 PM

207. So you would rather them go hungry as well?

 

Nice.

If they qualify for free lunch, they only get to eat if they play by your rules. How progressive.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #207)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:57 PM

213. No, they have to play by society's rules.

Like everyone else.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #213)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:09 PM

216. And we are discussing what those rules are

 

Do you also think food stamps recipients should only be able to buy "approved" foods (no sugary foods, chips, soda, etc)?

How about that they have to be drug tested to receive those benefits?

In other words, they don't get to eat unless they jump through your authoritative hoops an you approve it?

Yikes.

Sounds like you also want to do away with the free lunch programs that many districts have during the summer. After all, those kids aren't students.

It just doesn't sound very progressive to punish kids to the point of letting them go hungry simply because they are using FEWER taxpayer resources but they just aren't doing things the way you think they should do them.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #216)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:24 PM

221. Then don't change the subject

We weren't talking about food stamps, were we?

And though they use school facilities, summer lunch programs are funded by the USDA and staffed by community groups.

And it's not a question of authoritarianism, it's a quesiton of practicality and the best use of funds.

Do you have kids?

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #221)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:42 PM

224. Feeding poor kids isn't the best use of funds

 

Simply because they will not learn "your way"?

School lunches are also funded by the USDA and does not depend on the enrollment numbers. In fact "School food authorities can also be reimbursed for snacks served to children through age 18 in afterschool educational or enrichment programs."

http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/lunch/AboutLunch/NSLPFactSheet.pdf

And if the "play by the rules or you don't eat" works here, why not with food stamps? You can't magically just pretend the other program is not an analog simply because it is inconvenient.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #224)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:55 PM

225. Why just kids? Why not feed the homeless from school lunch programs too?

I can't understand why you want to make the homeless go hungry simply because they're older than 18.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #225)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 05:41 PM

235. Because adults are or at least can be responsible for themselves

 

and not have to rely on parents.

Kids do not have that freedom or ability. They are dependent on the whims of their parents.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #235)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 05:51 PM

236. Whims like, oh, making them stay home so they can indoctrinate them?

Sounds like your scenario is only fostering reliance on their parents.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #236)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:38 PM

239. "Indoctrinate" them is what parents are supposed to do

 

We SHOULD indoctrinate kids to our beliefs. We should indoctrinate them to be kind and giving and be a useful participant in society. Those kids who grow up without that "indoctrination" usually end up in prison.

Is it indoctrination to teach kids to be accepting of all races. Yep. And it is a good thing.

Is it indoctrination to teach kids to accept LGBT? Yep.

Just as you don't like what some people teach their kids, they probably don't like what you would indoctrinate your kids with.

BTW, I guess you fully support those public schools in red states that teach (since that is apparently what public schools do instead of indoctrination) creationism, prayer in school, and abstinence.

This child has been indoctrinated.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #165)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:24 PM

228. Government Service are All Chinese Menu, to Use Your Term,

I still haven't seen a good reason against the law expressed anywhere in this thread. Apparently the mention of Tim Tebow and homeschooling is enough basis .

I don't know if people think they're doing kids a service by wanting to prevent homeschooling, but from an educational perspective it is, shall we say, a misplaced concern. On average homeschooled kids far exceed the public school standards, but as long as they meet the same achievement level the public system sets, it should a matter of personal freedom.

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Response to On the Road (Reply #228)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:33 PM

229. On average public school kids far exceed public school standards.

In CA the high school exit exam is a joke. Most 5th-graders could pass it.

Is teaching Genesis instead of evolution a public school standard? What about teaching that children of Islam will all go to hell?

I don't want a dime of my tax money supporting that crap. In any way, shape, or form.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #229)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 05:26 PM

234. Luckily Enough, Homeschoolers are Supporting *You*

Least you can do is be nice about it. [pre][/pre]

No, I'm not talking about barely meeting minimum requirements. My niece is from one of those evangelical homeschool families you're horrified about. She had a perfect SAT score. Only other person I knew who did that was my ex, who had a PhD from Yale. (She went to Catholic schools before then.)

Just look at some statistics about homeschoolers and you might change your mind. The government has an interest in a child's education. It does not have a compelling interest in forcing parents to use their option, especially because it's not as good in a large number of cases.

Athletics is an issue for homeschoolers. My niece and nephew played soccer in homeschool leagues, but they were comparatively small. It's not a huge problem, but it's part of a child's development. The law seems like a reasonable accomodation.

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Response to On the Road (Reply #234)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:04 PM

237. You think athletics is the only thing kids miss out on when they're kept at home?

What about cooperation, about getting along with other kids? How to deal with bullying? Conversational skills?

Learning to accept diversity? Of religion, of language, of culture?

There's a lot more to education than SAT scores. Homeschoolers are not doing my kids nor society any favors by growing up in an exclusive, righteous bubble, then demanding to use public facilities when it suits them.

All part of the package.

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Response to On the Road (Reply #164)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:00 AM

169. encourages the destruction of our Commons

 

that's what it does... they are defunding the public schools by NOT enrolling their kids in that school. Do you know that is how schools are enrolled?????

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #169)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:01 PM

209. I don't think that is how it works

 

As I understand it for federal funding, there is a certain amount budgeted and the school count determines how that funding it split up. I don't think it changes the overall funding nationwide and it certainly does not change the local funding that goes tot he schools.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #209)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:09 PM

216. Then you don't understand it very well.

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #216)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:12 PM

218. That just showed what I already said

 

the headcount determines how the federal funding is distributed, not how much of it there is.

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Response to Kellerfeller (Reply #218)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:29 PM

222. You're digging yourself a hole.

* Federal AND state funding are determined by ADA.
* That equates to how much of it there is for a given school.
* That means if kids are using resources at my kids' school without showing up for classes, they're getting a free ride - in essence, I'm paying so they can get a fundie-nut "education" at home.

Do you believe in state-sponsored religion?

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #222)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:40 PM

240. So why are you wanting to take money away from

 

those "other" schools. Remember, the home school kids on teams do not cost the district anything. And the fact that the teachers don't have to teach them, that means there are smaller classes and the local dollars go further.

Why are you trying to drag down the per-capita spending at your school?

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #169)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:05 PM

226. So In Your Mind

parents would not be able to educate their own children so that the funds can be allocated differently? Really?

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Response to On the Road (Reply #226)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 06:36 PM

238. I have no idea what you are trying to say

 

but in case you didn't understand me the first time, when a parent does not enroll its kids in a public school, THAT school does NOT get the funding for those students... get it?

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Response to fascisthunter (Reply #238)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:55 PM

241. Depends on the state

 

Federal funds are as you describe. That is about 10% of the budget in most states. The other 90% is not counted that way.

http://www.lsc.state.oh.us/schoolfunding/edufeb2011.pdf

"State funding is allocated to a district based on the number of students residing in the district."

So yes, by enrolling another student, 10% of the budget goes up accordingly. The other 90% is diluted by having another kid in a seat in a classroom. Fewer home-schooler mean more teachers and classrooms needed. However for sports, the size of the team is usually fixed and does not increase as more kids enter the district. Which is why larger schools usually have better sports teams because they don't have to accept the mediocre players on the team to fill out the roster.

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Response to On the Road (Reply #164)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:55 PM

182. Yes. I Can't Believe Some of the Comments Supporting This Nonsense. n/t

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Response to On the Road (Reply #164)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 07:59 PM

242. Three reasons this bill is bad

Funding - funding for schools is based on attendance

Participation - part of the decision to home school should be the missed proms and athletics

Accountability - there is no way to punish or monitor behavior of a home schooler who either disbehaves on the sports field or in everyday life.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:55 AM

166. oh bullshit. if the sports teams are good enough for Johnny, then the school should be too.

if you don't go to the school, tough shit, you don't play on the team.

they can start their own little league full of home schoolers if they want sports.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 10:57 AM

167. The Anti-Social Sentiment is Sick and is destroying our Commons

 

Go live in your own libertarian world and stop fucking up our social system you weird anti-social religious/political fanatics!

If you don't believe in the idea of a society, don't live in one, idiots!!!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:23 PM

172. Why progressives staunchly support compulsory..

education is beyond me. This is I believe is essential in understanding the opposition to home schooling, for which I am neither for or against. However the same political ideaology that embraces freedom and choice has no problem with compulsory education.

Can someone explain? Seriously, I have a hard time with this.

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Response to Puzzledtraveller (Reply #172)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:34 PM

176. Compulsory Education is a necessity.

The country that has the highest educated citizens will win in war and economical. Why did the white men win over the Indians in the new world, technology, military training, and civil engineering. The GED was started in response to WWII shortage of literate soldiers, you can not go to war today with out an educated soldier. WWII was won with superior technology and superior military training, educated generals. The cold war was also won with an educated workforce and better weapons.

Look at the natives in third world countries, where there is no compulsory education. Education is a challenge, uncomfortable. Look at your typical teenagers they rather stay home, sleep late, play video games. A lot of poor people would rather have their kids work menial jobs to support the family. Child labor laws made compulsory education to get kids out of the workforce and to put them in productive environment, not just hanging around the house waiting to turn 16.

I hope this explains your concerns, if not then US will become a third world country while the educated countries live us behind and maybe they will come and invade us with newer technology and take this country away from us like we took it from the natives.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:27 PM

173. There will be a massive increase in sports injuries

 

and it'll never be attributed to this idiotic bill as Virginia repukes never look at reality. Kids don't want "outsiders" on their teams and the kids will serially abuse the "outsiders".

Everyone knows how clique-like high school is, and this moronic repuke bill completely ignores that.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:49 PM

179. If Any Enrolled Student Is Denied Any Place

in Any Extra Curricular activities then the Parents Need to file Suit against all involved. Afterall, Their Children are being denied social interaction and they not only pay taxes but are enrolled in the school. Some Occupy activities also would be in order.

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Response to LarryNM (Reply #179)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:53 PM

205. Public students are also denied Extra Curricular

School have policies that exclude students who are not passing or have discipline problems. My son was denied riding the school bus because he got out of his seat while the bus was moving. Three day suspension. These home schoolers need to also need to meet the requirements that public students need to meet. Schools get money from the state for the number of students registered in their schools. If you want to home school then you get to suffer the consequences of your free choice.

Home schooling is not easy when done right. I had a neighbor who home schooled four kids all different ages (14 to 5). How are you going to come up with lesson plans for four different levels of math, English, writing, science, history? Her answer a lot of field trips to Wal Mart. True story.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:52 PM

181. I thought that extracurriculars were part of the decision in where to go to school

There are some students (with their parents) who do choose to go to public school because of the extracurriculars as opposed to being home schooled or going to a private school with fewer opportunities.
For private schools that don't have a strong sports tradition, having their students join public school sports teams instead could save them a lot of money.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:55 PM

184. Elections have consequences

Stuff like this in Virginia (and there are a ton more new laws like it) resulted from Democrats and Independents staying home last November. These people would never put their fine china or silverware in the $1 box at a yardsale so what gives? Wake up Virginia!

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 12:58 PM

187. Be careful what you ask for...

That player next to your son in the huddle might be...

Gay

or...

an Atheist

or, worst of all...

liberal!

DO you really want your kids exposed to the outside world?

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #187)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 01:44 PM

200. Good one.

Scare them away with reality.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 02:55 PM

212. This bill is going to have a nightmare of consequences, and none of them

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have to do with homeschooling or religion...

One of the coal mine canaries nobody wants to address is just how laughably corrupt and lawless sports have become on the high school level for top-level players, parents, coaches, referees, and school officials on local and state levels (decades of influence from the NCAA and AAU have trickled down)...Look at the history of most top athletes and see just HOW many high school switches are in their record -- There are countless examples of them making at least 2-3 changes in the same YEAR...Look and see how many tricks are pulled to make sure a top player "lives" in the schooling district so he's eligible (up to and including moving in with the coach)...Look and see just how much time and travel distance high-profile AAU teams take up, essentially making it a full-time job (and don't get me started on the coach's 501c charity scams)...And look and see just how many times violations are brushed aside with a wink and a nod and given no punishment by state governing boards...

By far the biggest beneficiaries of this bill (and soon to be the biggest exploiters) are the big time football/basketball prospects, because there are a hell of a lot more of them in the Commonwealth than homeschoolers interested in playing sports...They will just declare themselves "homeschool" and become play-for-pay mercenaries...Many of them already are; this bill will just make it easier...

The state legislature is following their usual form, creating grandstanding, meaningless answers for things that don't need a solution while pandering to a fundie base...If homeschool parents were REALLY interested in getting their kids in sports, the AAU and dozens of amateur organizations have been around forever...

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 03:24 PM

220. It's probably good for the kids.

I have family members who home-schooled their kids. I knew that my sister-in-law (who has a Masters in education) was quite competent to teach her kids. They all attended and graduated from good universities. My concern was with socialization- the experience of befriending and otherwise dealing with a lot of kids their own age from different backgrounds. Years later, they all seem well-adjusted.

My niece continued her family tradition and home-schooled her daughter until her daughter developed a passion for chemistry that surpassed her ability to teach. Her daughter now attends Columbia. My niece and I discussed my "socialization" issue at length. She told me about all the alternate programs that they participated in, particularly dance and musical programs. Her daughter is a nice, bright, hard-working young girl, but my concerns remain...

I think home-schooled and public school kids can both benefit from their interaction. My main concern would be equitable funding. Link to school funding information for Charlottesville, VA: http://www.ccs.k12.va.us/departments/budget/budget-wkshp-3dec2011.html

Of the three major sources of funding, only state aid appears to vary with number of enrolled students. A fee to cover additional unreimbursed costs seems like an equitable solution.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:11 PM

227. I will not win any friends by saying this, but homeschooling should be abolished

 

And made illegal.

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Response to Taverner (Reply #227)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:38 PM

231. Will you be my friend?

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Response to wtmusic (Reply #231)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 04:46 PM

233. But of course!

 

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:19 PM

245. Personally I have no problem with home schooling

as long as the children are able to pass standarized tests. I do think the home schooling parents should have to get some sort of certification though.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2012, 11:44 PM

246. They do realize that African-Americans will also be playing?

 

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #246)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 08:30 PM

251. When we were in the US my african american neighbors were home schooling their own children.nt

 

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 08:54 AM

256. So many blows against freedom in this thread...anti-choice much?

 

So many that do not like or approve of choice.
Choice of religion.
Choice to educate your children as you see fit.
I guess pro-choice only applies when you choose the way others want you to choose.
How progressive!

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Response to Zax2me (Reply #256)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 10:15 AM

258. I agree with you. I consider myself to be an old time

 

liberal and guess we are just about gone as being liberal applies to all issues and not just those that support my choices. Maybe that's the difference in liberals and progressives, progressives are liberal in their issues only?

Another thing is the misconception that only the far right home school. This is far from the truth.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 10:21 AM

259. Fuck that bullshit. n/t

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 01:48 PM

260. Very much against this concept

A school's extra-curicular options should only be available to those students enrolled. The students are part of the school "community". They go to class together, socialize together. They represent the school. I can only see a home-schooler who shows up for a couple of hours late in the afternoon as nothing more than an outsider. I think it would be an odd dynamic.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Feb 11, 2012, 04:11 PM

266. Here Again Religious Loonies Want To Make All the Rules

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sun Feb 12, 2012, 01:46 PM

275. So can I send me son to one school, and yet have him play football at another??

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