Give home-school students chance to play
A Virginia bill named after Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow that would have allowed home-schooled students to play sports in public high schools was deep-sixed last week (“Virginia Senate panel kills ‘Tebow bill,’ ” Web, Thursday). As a home-schooled high school sophomore, I had hoped the “Tebow bill” would mean I could try out for sports at my local high school. Sadly, now this will not happen.
I know the reasons that principals, teachers and legislators are against me and other home-schooled students playing sports in public schools. Most of them revolve around the mindset that because I chose not to attend a public school, I should not be able to pick and choose what to participate in. Homeschoolers, with the help of the Virginia state government, already have bridged the gap between home education and public education. I already can audit classes at a public school if I wish. Some of my best friends are enrolled in public schools. I am allowed to attend classes with them, so why am I forbidden from playing sports with them?
The mentality that home-schoolers should be barred because we do not walk the halls hurts home-schoolers and public schools alike. If this mindset can be changed, school districts with many home-schoolers will no longer feel hamstrung. They will find new sources of skill, talent and athleticism just waiting for the chance to play. GEORGE EICHELBERGER Dale City, Va.