Saturday, February 22, 2014
Tebow Bill: My Liberal Pals Are Dead Wrong Here
The "Tebow bill" is named for Tim Tebow, the former All-American football player who was home-schooled in Florida, but was invited (I won't say "allowed" because that implies somebody was doing him a favor) to play high school football for a public school. The Virginia bill would open up football, forensics, chess and other extracurriculars to home-school students and that is only right.
Regardless of why parents choose to teach their children at home--religion, that they can do it better, that there are too many distractions in public school, whatever--they are paying for public schools. The whole notion that homeschoolers aren't conforming to class schedules, homework assignments and the like in order to remain eligible is bogus.
Home-school students are often far more college-ready than their public school counterparts and would blow the doors off the tests these public school kids struggle with. I know a number of home-schooled kids who are miles ahead of their public school counterparts.
We have teacher lobbies and the Virginia High School League going at this in a self-serving manner and we need to stop it right now. Being inclusive means that we also need to include conservatives. That makes us all better.