“I hope your kid is getting as much homework as mine”

That’s what one parent yelled out to a homeschool mom at a public school basketball game.  charming
The Beacon News wrote an article about IL sports public school/homeschool participation along with coverage of the issue from a national basis in their Related Stories sidebar. 

Home away from homeschooling

By John Sahly

But it didn’t work out [public school sports participation]. Halfway through the season, technical problems arose with R.J.’s home-school curriculum, making him ineligible and ending his season. Largely because of a couple of uncomfortable incidents during that freshman season — for example, another Kaneland mother once yelled "I hope your kid is getting as much homework as mine," at Tracey during a game in which R.J. was getting significant playing time — Hallebach decided not to return to Kaneland again as a sophomore.

Our local school district just imposed a code of conduct at games and one has to wonder if an outburst like that would be allowed:

Board member Dick Reynolds said the policy may infringe on the rights of parents.

“The school has a right to enforce policy on students. But with a parent, I just think it’s wrong to try to regulate parents’ behavior and call it a board function,” Reynolds said at a recent meeting. “I don’t think it’s a school function.”

Speaking of an unintended school function, there was that teen fist fight out in the hall during the hated rivals’ basketball game.

But that’s justtesting socialization.

When Pat was on the school board, Dick asked a lot of questions about budget issues and accountability before he decided to run for school board.  He kept Pat hopping trying to find answers sometimes, even as his interest, knowledge and concern was appreciated and respected.  Dick’s participation in the process was unique.  He’s old school and is serving on the school board as part of his self-imposed community service . I’m sure he’s discovered a strange, new world now.

At any rate, I also saw a Wisconsin article about community sports.  Bowling, in particular. 

Around the state of Wisconsin, the club has approximately 3,000 students involved. Most of the teams are not affiliated formally with high schools, but they are run using WIAA rules. Of the approximately 400 teams around the state, only three are running them in cooperation with the school districts. Northwest Wisconsin also essentially has a conference, consisting of teams from Eau Claire, Durand, River Falls, Menomonie and Chetek. Chetek’s two teams consist of a total of 12 students.

Just fun stuff for the kids without any dangled carrots. Hope it stays that way.

Valerie Bonham Moon has commented several times on Home Ed Mag News & Commentary about her culture shock regarding sports coming back to the good, ole US of A from Germany:

The curious love affair with American high school sports — and one man’s opinion about why homeschoolers aren’t invited

Georgia legislature debating public school sports access for homeschoolers

From Valerie:

Of course, whatever the influence, it’s all water under the bridge.  Our system is our system, and that is what people are accustomed to.  If alternate systems develop because taxpayers want to provide sport opportunities for their children regardless of where they are being schooled, an entirely different system could develop in which all the children are eligible to participate, not just those who qualify.  Some communities already have this system for baseball, softball, tennis, or soccer.

I hope this is a continuing trend for various reasons having to do with good health and good fun.  I know the kids have access to intra-murals if they go on to college.  There are also community adult leagues.  I played softball in my ’30’s with teens.  I guess they were our ringers. 


“I hope your kid is getting as much homework as mine” — 6 Comments

  1. It would be nice to have a private conversation with that mom, but I suspect she only does loud and public.

    I’ve seen lots of parents sort of morph into illogical and kinda mean sorts during sports activities. Unfortunately, she probably just said out loud and loud what a lot of other ps parents were thinking. Especially the ones who had kids sitting while the homeschooler was playing.

    It’s a different world and one or two in the pack can make it very unfriendly.

  2. Parents are why we don’t participate in competitive sports. I don’t need that kind of socialization any more than my kids do!

    I have heard some good things about our community sports leagues though. If my kids were into sports, that would be what we would consider, not the public schools’ programs.

  3. My daughter swims and is a member of a YMCA/USA
    team. There are lots of teens—–until the high school season starts. Then most of the older teens swim for their high schools. The Ohio High School Athletic Assn doesn’t permit kids to compete for their high schools if they compete in another venue. I have been drafting a letter to both the USA and YMCA folks to see if they will recruit the growing numbers of kids who are using educational options rather than the public schools: not just home schooled kids but the e-schools and the charters. Stay tuned……..

  4. Sounds like the IL High School Association set up. I remember when I was in track that there were clubs, but the girls were competing for their high school. But that was a long time ago.

    The Y seems to understand and try to cater to homeschoolers during the day with recreational activities. Maybe they’ll see the light and as you said, Debra, the growing numbers of alternative education kids.

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