Go to a school wherever you want, play where you live. You have to go home some
time anyway, and there is plenty of public transport.
Well why don't we just let parents start giving all the kids grades? Maybe that
would satisfy Mr. Mero. I'm going to callmy kids teacher today and demand that
his B in geometry be made an A because, by golly, I think he earned it, and I'm
the parent so I must know what's best for my kid. Really Mr. Mero, maybe the
reason other kids are having such a hard time at other schools is because those
close to the situation can see that the only thing they are studying is Video
Gaming 101. What is so hard about showing the miraculous and outstanding results
of the homeschool efort? If it is truly as good as you say it these efforts
should withstand a little scrutiny. Quit trying to make homeschoolers
unaccountable. I thought Mero was big on accountability.
So Mr. Mero, who wants to make everyone accountable, doesn't want homeschoolers
to be accountable? Sounds like he is having a crisis of principles!
UHSAA is way to paranoid and concerned about power.My children all attended and
graduated from public schools. A good sports program, student athletes can
participate in has become secondary to there desire to control and call names.
Rather arrogant to say a parent will not make a proper moral call concerning
their children. Perhaps people makeing such remarks are guilty of such and wants
to call the kettle black because of their own tarnished character.
A good example of this is a kid I had last year that failed every class he had.
He was a real piece of work that even stole the teacher's edition of the Math
book, so he could try and cheat his way through that class. The mom home schools
him the fourth term. Somehow he suddenly is a 4.0 student and is eligible for
football. That is why they need to do away with this bill. If you home school,
no high school sports. That simple.
What don't you understand about discrimnatory behavior and attitudes? I am fine
with accountability as long as it applies across the board. In this case, that
means for ALL student athletes, not just home school student athletes. I guess
you all have selective reading abilities...this same paper just reported that
Orem High had to forfeit a b-ball game because one of their boys was
mysteriously allowed to play only to discover he was ineligible because of poor
Why do people home school? Bbecasue they want to protect children from the
"evil" influences of public school or think they can teach the subjects better
at home? Either case why would they want to have their kids
participate in public school activites such as sports. If they are afraid of
influences do they think that sports is clean and those influences will not be
there? I remember kids sitting in the back of the bus chewing tobaco, sneaking
a bottle of vodaka not to mention the locker room talk. If they
think they can teach the subjects better than the teachers why do they not think
that they can coach better than the public school coaches. How about forming
their own teams.How about I enroll my kids in a school where I think
they will get the best education and then demand that they be allowed to
particpate in extra ciricular activites in another district. In
my opinion, home schooling is just like its own district. If they are not
enrolled in school they should not be allowed to participate.
The UHSAA plays no favorites. They are an organization set up to make sure we
all play by the same rules. Yes Orem played an ineligible player, but they are
being punished for it. Just like in all facets of life things slip by or go
unnoticed. The nice thing is to know they were caught and they are paying the
price. The UHSAA in MY OPINION is just trying to make the playing field level
in requiring all students be held to the same standard. That's not to say
someone like Mr. Mero is not honest, which he probably is but we all know there
are some people out there a.k.a. Joe Dirt who will take advantage of the system
because there is no one to question their honesty or integrity. This is why we
need an Organization like the UHSAA who is bipartisan to make rulings. It has
worked fine for 100 years.
J: speaking from my perspective in Montgomery County, MD (according to Newsweek
one of the top public school districts in the nation), discrimination against
homeschoolers is a plain fact of life. True, there are good schools in our
system, which is why Newseek thinks so highly of MCPS. However, once you get
outside of the high-rent districts of Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac, school
performance is exceedingly uneven. My family lives in the cluster of one of the
better high schools, but our elementary school stinks--most of our third graders
can't read at a 1st grade level, yet they still get passed on. MCPS has
ridiculous standards and expectations that lead to poor performance for most
kids whose families can't afford an after-school tutor. Those, like my family,
who homeschool still have their property taxes taken to pay for poor-performing
schools, yet get nothing for it but two onerous reviews of our entire homeschool
program every year. We are more accountable than the schoolteachers are, but
get no benefit for what we put into the system: no vouchers to help pay for
books, no athletic participation. Creating our own athletic system won't
fly--too expensive for facilities. Think about it.
Madsen is meddling in issues he knows nothing about. If this legislation passes,
just open the door to kids playing wherever they want and without any regard to
whether they're academically eligible or not. If a kid's not going to pass in
school, just home school him and then pass him so he can play. This would be
tragic. Who in their right mind voted for this
catering-to-special-interest-parents guy anyway.
"Paul Mero, the director of the Sutherland Institute, spoke on behalf of SB37
and said as a home-school parent, he's offended by the implication that parents
would commit a crime in order to make their children athletically eligible." This dude is clueless. He has no idea what lengths parents already go to to
make sure their kids can play whereever they want. Parents are already
stretching every rule they can to get around the spirit of play-where-you-live,
so why wouldn't they do the same so their kids can play regardless of grades.
Just to clarify things. Orem didn't get caught doing anything wrong. Orem
discovered that a wrong grade had been posted for an athlete, and that if the
correct grade had been posted, the athlete would not have been eligible. Once
this was discovered the school, on its own, reported the mistake to the
UHSAA. Does everyone really think a parent would do the same in a
home-school situation? Not hardly. What they'll do is use this as a way
to make their children eligible.
Play where you live. Even if you take classes at one school and play at another.
Madsen would have us believe that the UHSAA is some mysterious body.A
little education:The UHSAA has an office staff of 4 to run day to day
operations. It is governed by 2 bodies, the Board of Trustees and the Executive
committee.The BOT is comprised of School Board members from throughout the
state.The Executive committee is comprised of Principals sent from Region
Boards comprised of every High School Principal throughout the state.Who
is the UHSAA? They are your own Principal's and Board Members.Who are they
already accountable to? Every citizen in the state.What is their purpose?
To keep the playing field fair, and to support academics as a priority. Madsen would like to change that to make them accountable only to him. This
bill is nothing short of a power move on Madsen's part.
If you choose to home school, play on the "home school" team. If you choose a
public school, play on the public school team. Parents you have a choice!!!
I understand why people home school. They have valid reasons and it
is their choice. But if the public educations system is not good enough to
educate your child, don't ask to participate in the "extra" curriular part.
Parents in Utah County who have children enrolled in our public schools need to
get involved and let your legislators know that we do not need them to be a
"super school board," or a "super UHSAA." Sen. Madsen's distrust of our public
schools and our teachers is frightening. If you are concerned about Mr. Mero,
you should check out the Southerland Institute and their position on education,
"government schools, etc. Mr. Mero actually thinks our public school system
should be done away with so that our children don't come under the evil
influence of our public school teachers and their liberal and anti-family
views. If you check closely, I think you would find that almost all of the
legislators from Utah County have aligned with this radical organization. The
real scary part of this whole story is that we just keep re-electing these right
wing radicals to represent us in the legislature. That said, we deserve exactly
what we are receiving from our public servants. If you are concerned, how about
making a few calls to your legislator?
Regardless of the situation evan and joe mero are going to dominate high school
basketball next year!! Paul Mero is one of the best men i know, obviously way
more mature than the rest of the people that wrote on this blog.. Hang in there
paul you still the man!!!
Are we ready for chaos in high school sports? If Madsen and Mero have their way,
club teams will replace high school teams and all of those decades of school
spirit and unity will go right out the window. If you are a true prep spots fan,
call your legislator today and put an end to this now.
Do not homeschool parents pay the same taxes as those that go to public school?
It is PUBLIC SCHOOL which means it is for everybody and as such homeschoolers
have just as much right to play on the school teams as anyone else. Obviously
the homeschoolers are a huge problem and we need to deal with them. Get Real!
Wait Spike, I live here in Orem. Aren't the schools athletic teams here called
Mt. View high Bruins Baseball, Orem High Tigers Basketball, Timpanogos High
Football. It means those teams are represented of kids attending THAT school.
Since when did it become Orem High community basketball or Mt. View community
Like I said above....your choice. Play on the home school team and make daddy
proud!!! You have a CHOICE. MAKE IT!!!
Public schools are a privilege........again....public schools are a privilege.
The privileges are also what comes with attending public schools. I am so tired
of hearing the tax answer thrown at the public schools that entitles a home
schooled individual. The parents made the choice....it's like having a kid quit
a team and the team wins a state championship and he is supposed to be entitled
to a ring? He made the choice just like parents made the choice. Privilege. I am
glad the UHSAA is nipping this issue because I would hate to have to have to
explain to a parent why their kid, who was vested in the public school and the
system (academic and athletic), that their kid was being bumped by homeschooler
who does not have to abide by the same academic standards. Of course we would
know those standards if Madsen wouldn't have implemented the bill that took away
accountability of the schools. He must be crazy to think there will be "no
fraud" committed by signing a piece of paper. Are we that naive? Ask the
teachers what they see, that is where facts are revealed. Go UHSAA.
SB 37 prevents "jumpers" (i.e. these purported public school student athletes
failing in grades who would be pulled by their dishonest parents into home
school). Read the bill. And btw, we closed that loophole because of legislative
concerns about dishonest PUBLIC school parents, not home school parents.I cannot believe, after the voucher rhetoric from public school
supporters (who argued that vouchers were dividing our community and not
inclusive), all of this divisive "you made your choice now live with it"
attitudes. Or that "public school is a privilege"...I have been constantly told
by you folks that its a right.The UHSAA is simply wrong. They are a
private organization (with the power of a "state actor")worried about their
money and their turf. Plain and simple. SB 37 is about freedom and opportunity
and community and inclusiveness for ALL student athletes.Where does
all of this hate and discrimination over home schoolers come from? And why? We
actually subsidize YOUR child's public school experience, as well as pay for our
own.The Jordan School District is a model of welcoming and
appreciation for EVERY student. SB 37 simply extends the same ethos across all
Madsen is consumed with his hunger for power. This insanity needs to stop now
before our prep sports are flushed down his sewer. Please contact you legislator
and ask her/him to keep the academic accountability on a fair and equitable
playing field. Student athletes must prove GPA eligibility on a quarterly basis
per UHSSA requirements. For most coaches they also require their athletes to
prove eligibility at midterm checks to show progress.
Mr. Mero, in the public school, eligibility standards are set or influenced by
the UHSAA, the school district, and the individual high school. They are in
writing and they are measurable. They measure a student's progress
academically. Written standards that are measurable can determine eligibility
and are valid. Educated opinions by individuals can not be measured and are not
valid. How can you have a standard eligibility policy to fit all home school
situations? Can we expect all parents or those who teach home school to be
honest when they are facing the disappointment and pressure from their child if
he or she did not meet the eligibility standard especially if all they have to
do is say "yes they are eligible"? Or if they have to show proof of the
progress, how is this going to be done in a valid way? In the public school
system, the people determining eligibility are not associated with the family.
If exceptions are made for home schoolers, what will be the next exception?
Adjusting the activities schedule of the school so that it matches that of the
home schooled child? Please address these questions Mr. Mero.
Dear Smee, the teacher/student relationship in the home is NOT inferior to the
teacher/student relationship at a public school. Your questions assume someone
is a liar...but why not a "someone" at public school? There are infinitely more
examples of PUBLIC school cheaters than any home school family trying to game
the system.There is NO exception in current state law, current State
Board rule, or even current UHSAA by-law...an adult of responsibility
establishes grades for the student athlete. In a home school that person is
parent or guardian. Geez, get over your prejudice.As home school
parents my wife and I have taught our six children for over a span of 20 years.
Our four boys will have played for Jordan HS a combined 14 years by the time the
youngest is done. Under current law, we live by threat of perjury if we are
liars. Public school teachers, coaches, and administrators are under no such
threat...and yet are still human and not morally superior. They still move
student athletes at times through grades when ineligible. So, again, I ask why
single out us?Answer: pure discrimination, sometimes personal,
sometimes systemic. SB 37 solves this problem.
And to "Jordan Man"...you're a stud. You might be right...maybe all of these
distrustful people are really afraid of what will happen next year at the state
tournament!!But why dwell on next year, Jordan Man? Lead us to the
promised land now!! :)
Where does one get off thinking their home schooled kid should be allowed to
participate in school activities...
nothing to battle about here... school sports and school activities include the
key word "school" .... If you want your kids to participate on the school team
then they clearly should be enrolled in that school... Its audacious to cry
discrimination and unfairness when you choose not to participate... how is it
fair to kids who actually attend a real school... all kids should be accountible
to the same standards and should have the same school experience.Home
schoolers can have sock and pillow fights for extracuricular activities .... Get
Why do people homeschool? While I can't speak for everyone, for myself and most
families that I know personally, the reason is simply TIME. I found it
difficult to do all the "other stuff" when my children didn't get home from
school until 4pm. I find homeschooling to be very efficient. We have time for
reading, writing and arithmetic while participating in science, history and book
clubs. This still leaves us time to do scouts, music lessons, sports, adult
skills and maintain strong relationships. My children love it because they have
more time and choice. They actually choose to read 2-3 hours each day and my
son has time to write his book. Homeschooling is not an all or nothing choice,
because Utah already has a dual enrollment law. This law allows students to
attend their local school part-time while still being enrolled in a home school,
trade school, online classes and/or the Utah Online High School. In this
information age, many are realizing that time in a seat is not the only valid
To "Re:Paul Mero"...the state taxes I pay far outweigh the lose of a WPU. By us
being self-reliant in education we reduce, not add, a burden to the public
school system. Your "zero sum game" approach is the attitude of exclusiveness
that drives negative feelings about the public school system. SB 37 is an
inclusive bill that unites, not divides, our communities.As far as
"a right" I can point to many public school advocates who believe this...I am
sure you can find it on the UEA web site for instance. The "rights" language is
the basis for their defense of a system over the welfare of ALL school-age
What about jobs Paul? Does is outweigh that too? Sounds like cynicism to me.
Hopefully you are not going to use the UEA as your punchline....pro-voucher
slandered the UEA saying that they were the directive behind not wanting to pass
the referendum. Don't use them now. The attitude is that there are too many
loopholes for your ideals. You want what is best for you kids....simple cynicism
because there is no inclusion of "other" to that which is around you other than
your kids success. Sounds like model parenting to an extend or is it just
misrepresentation? I love conservatism.
I have a problem with this. First of all, I have been associated with both
successful home school situations, as well as terrible failures. Some students
maintain pace with schools, and many exceed learning rates of pubic schools.
However, a majority of those with which I have been associated failed the
students terribly. They are not able to interact socially and academically. But to the matter at hand, why should the parents whose children are too good
for public school classrooms be allowed to participate on the court, mat, or
field? To me, the decision is simple: pick your poison. Deal with both the
pitfalls and excellence of public education, or deal with the same of home
school. I think it goes hand in hand with private schools also; they should not
be treated equally to public schools. If students want to participate in public
schools activities and sports, they must be part of public school. Simple as
that. So much of education doesn't come from a book, but from life experiences
that cannot be duplicated at home, and in many private school situations. Mommy
and Daddy try to manipulate education and learning and fail their children
No one who home school their kids think that they are better than a public
school parent. We just feel that our kids can succeed better if they have one
on one attention. Who best to educate their child than the parents. We know
them the best and we know their needs. Anyone who thinks that their is no
cheating the system in the public school system are fooling themselves. How
many grades are changed so that their all-star child can participate in the
sporting programs? We have all heard stories like these. Please stop making
home school parents out to be the bad guys. We sacrifice our time and financial
resources for the greater good. We pay taxes just like the rest. We aren't
catered to by any sense of the word. Instead we are persecuted because we
sacrifice for something better.
So you don't think that you are "better than a public school parent", but you
are persecuted because you "sacrifice for something better."You HAVE
A CHOICE and I support that. Then "WHY" don't you support opur choice. We send
our kids to the public school for intergration skills into society. That is one
reason we do it. The oppurtunity to participate in EXTRAcurricular PUBLIC
SCHOOL activities is a PERK for being in the PUBLIC SCHOOL.I support
your sacrifice....but make it a sacrifice of the PUBLIC SCHOOL sytem if that is
your desire. Don't pick and choose what you can and cannot provide.
OK, so if you homeschool your children for One on One attention, why do you need
your children to be in sports? That is 5 on 5, or 11 on 11, and so on. Play your
child one on one in the back yard, and stop the double standard.
Here is the problem for all of the commentators who ask home schoolers to "pick
their poison" or stick with one thing: we home schoolers pay taxes that
subsidize your public school kids. What do you do for us? Let us live in
liberty? Gee, thanks.I have been amazed at the narrow-mindedness of
some of you public school folks. Generally, public schooling has been invoked
as THE "American Way" to bring everyone together and then, when we home
schoolers want to take you up on that offer, you shun us.This is
duplicity at least and subtle and not-so-subtle forms of bigotry at most.
Mr. Mero it is simple. You want your cake and eat it too.
Dear Manny, it is even simpler...we're citizens too.
As a basketball coach at Jordan High, I have the privilege of working with two
of the Mero boys every single day. They are two of the finest young men that I
have ever been around, and I am glad that I get the opportunity to coach them.
That being said, one thing that bothers me about the comments I see on here is
that many of you believe that home schooled kids get a "free ride" on their
report card as they "sit home and play video games" all day long. Wrong! Each
term I receive a report card for each of the Mero boys. I can assure you that,
at least in the Mero's case, the boys are graded based on their academic
performances in each subject area. I for one am glad that Jordan High School
allows these boys to participate, and I believe that the athletic experiences
(both good and bad) will help to shape these young men as they enter their adult
lives. I view that as a big positive.Quit being so narrow minded!
Besides, athletics is considered to be extracurricular. Is it not?
Mr. Mero you DO want your cake and eat it too. You don't want the public school
instruction, but you do want to take part in extracurricular activities provided
by that school. Like it or not, extra curricular activities are for those kids
that ATTEND that school. Life is about making choices, and if you make that
choice that you don't want your kid in public school please recognize that you
do give up that privilege of participating in extra curricular activities
provided by that public school.
Dear Manny, that is about the most narrow-minded comment I think I have ever
heard...and I am sure you are not really that sort of person. Think about what
you are saying.BTW, current state law, current State Board of
Education rules, and even curent UHSAA by-laws are all on our side.
Meaning...the prejudice you express (but I am sure you don't really believe) is
a retort to an argument settled by our Legislature nearly 15 years ago.So, "like it or not, extracurricular activities are for [ALL]
For showing us that you are already participating and that 15 years ago the leg
mad it possible.SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM???Quit wasting
more tax dollars and time passing something that obviously is happening
If extracurricular is for all kids then why is it being debated by the
UHSAA..."It simply gives an advantage to one group of students that
we don't give to other students," said Van Wagoner. "Every other student has
their school work evaluated by a third party ... It's hard to persuade these
people that parents won't be objective."I am sure you are a rare
parent who takes accountability of your kids, and thank you Jordan coach for
giving his mark of approval, but again your missing the point.Public
school kids are being punished because you are taking your kids out and bringing
them back to bump someone vested in the public school athletics. This isn't the
stock exchange, you can't just trade and sell your kids to schools when you feel
needed and get compensation over another student who is vested in the school. I
agree with RE: Sara..I support your sacrifice....but make it a sacrifice
of the PUBLIC SCHOOL system if that is your desire. Don't pick and choose what
you can and cannot provide.
Mr. Mero, the concern that I have is the validity of declaring a home school kid
eligible if they aren't held to the same standard as a kid in public school.
What if a kid is declared ineligible by the public school, and his place is
taken by the home schooled child declared eligible by a different standard? Now
whether the home school child was held to a higher standard or lower standard,
how would we know? Do you realize some of the problems that may arise from
this? In a prior post you say that there have been cheaters in public school,
likewise there will be cheaters in home school. I just think there needs to be
a way to hold the home schooled kids to the same standard as the public school
kid in determining eligibility. I just don't feel that it's verifiable that if
a parent or whoever is doing the home schooling can just say "yes, they are
eligible." Again, I'm NOT saying the home school education is inferior to
Dear Jenks, current state law about home schooling establishes a trust in
parents to do so. The check that is in place is a signed affidavit, with the
threat of jail for perjury, if the family is not living up to the law.SB 37 follows current law and places this same trust in parents.The main point of contention is trust in parents and respect for parental
rights. For our student athletes we do submit grades based on subject matter
according to law.The UHSAA alternative is to require third party
verification for home school academic work. This represents the opposite of
current law and promotes a culture of distrust. For instance, our family does
not question public school officials who determine eligibility for public school
teammates of our boys...even though we know people are human. We prefer to live
within a culture of trust. The UHSAA hates that concept and in fact makes its
money (as a private organization) based on a culture of distrust.One
solution we have floated is to include ALL student athletes in third-party
verification procedures and not just home school students...again, if everyone
is dishonest then why not include everyone?
To the comment board monitor:I posted an earlier response to two of
the previous comments earlier (i.e. "Thanks Paul" and "Re: Paul Mero") and I
still do not see it posted. Is there a problem?PTM
Mr. Mero, Thank you for the response, however I still feel the same way. The
public schools have administrators over those teachers to make sure they are not
dishonest. Do you really think that they wouldn't suffer any repercussions?
They would suffer severe consequences for being dishonest. Of course people of
human, but that's why there are people over the teachers to closely monitor
that. You say it creates a culture of distrust, but Mr. Mero if you are being
truly honest, then what's to fear if a third party verifies that a child is
eligible? Finally, let's be honest Mr. Mero, you don't think that if a child is
being home schooled by their parent and they don't have to verify eligibility by
another party, they wouldn't EVER stretch the truth of their own child's
Dear Jenks, those administrators over teachers don't seem to make too much of a
difference when cheating is the objective. And, no, they don't suffer personal
repercussions, especially not like we would (i.e. jail for perjury).I don't "fear" anything in this regard. Fear isn't an issue. Trust, respect,
equity...those are the issues. As I mentioned, while I still think it would
promote a culture of distrust, why not apply third-party verification to ALL
student athletes? If everyone is innocent...right?I know human
nature and how we view our own children but there is a difference between
patience with a real live human being (student) and living within a culture of
distrust that presumes guilt instead of innocence. In fact, as I mentioned, the
whole working premise of UHSAA is guilty until proven innocent. They
incessantly remind me..."you're so naive" about how people are cheaters.What kind of community do you want to live in? Try putting yourself in
the shoes of home school parents and then maybe you can begin to understand how
all of this distrust (and presumption of guilt and attitude of second-class
citizen) would make you feel.
Now there Mr. Mero is where you are dead wrong. How do you define personal
repercussions? I have personally been involved in the public schools for many
years and have seen fines, suspensions and even the loss of one's job, not to
mention public humiliation because it is publicized in the papers courtesy of
the UHSAA. I consider those personal repercussions. Interesting
you bring up a culture of distrust. Why aren't your kids in public schools?
Seems as if you are the one creating the culture of distrust regarding the
Dear Jenks, with all due respect (seriously), I am not sure I owe you (a
stranger) any explanation as to why we have home schooled for 20 years.On your first point, I do not doubt that some public school folks get in
trouble when they mess up and it becomes public. But I can guarantee that NO
ONE in the public school system will go to jail for failing to educate a child
"successfully" (i.e. up to some arbitrary standard). But we home schoolers
certainly would. What don't you understand about the reality that we actually
are required to sign an affidavit that we are doing such and such to educate our
children in the "approved" manner? Does ANY public school official have to do
anything like that or face any penalty like that? No.If you don't
want us home school folks involved in your public (community?) schools, then the
least you could do is to be courteous enough to give us our thousands of dollars
back that we willingly give to you folks each year to subsidize the education of
your kids.Otherwise, why not relax, be inclusive, and learn to live
in peace with educational freedom?
Ok Mr. Mero, do you really believe with our overcroweded prisons, that a judge
would send you to jail instead of maybe a fine or probation? I don't think
so...Also you pay taxes, yeah, so does everyone else. Not all of that
goes to education you know. And I would gladly give you your money back if I
could. You are in such a minority, it wouldn't effect us much if any.
Dear Jenks, I am telling you what the law is...and it is not the same for public
school teachers and administrators who "fail" to educate their students.BTW, all state income taxes in Utah go to education...as do most of my
property taxes. I am not asking for them back, only making a stern point that
it's not me and mine who are trying to have things "both ways."Perhaps one day we can test your theory about the public school establishment
not caring if home school families didn't pay state income taxes to support
public education. My hunch is that you are dead wrong. They would pitch a
fit.Alas, because I do not suffer from low self-esteem, being a
minority is no burden and I (we) welcome our modest relationship with you
oh-so-numerous and self-assured neighbors. You all make us better people for
Is just mad that the mero talent didn't go to their school and it went to
Ours!!!!!!! Go Jordan, beet brighton...... Paul is the man too!!!!
"You HAVE A CHOICE and I support that. Then "WHY" don't you support opur choice.
We send our kids to the public school for intergration skills into society. That
is one reason we do it. The oppurtunity to participate in EXTRAcurricular PUBLIC
SCHOOL activities is a PERK for being in the PUBLIC SCHOOL."Why
don't you Public School people stop lying to yourself. You could homeschool if
you wanted to, but you don't want to take care of your kids so you get someone
else to do it for you. I pay taxes to the school system too and I should be
able to allow my children to participate in the fun stuff since they work so
hard.I wish I could keep my kids from the PS system, but my money is
worth something. Maybe I should stop paying taxes to keep the schools up and
then they can get run down, but then all the Public school parents will complain
that us Homeschool parents are cheating the system. Who wants to have SOCIETY
teach their kids anyway? Is that a GOOD thing? Hardly!