Homeschoolers Already Pay for High School Sports

Homeschoolers Already Pay for High School Sports

So Where’s the Controversy?

Recently this article about whether or not homeschoolers should pay to be included in high school sports really irritated several homeschool groups that I am in, and for good reason. Many people are saying that since we don’t use the schools other services, we should refrain from using their sports—as well as their teachers—which is a bunch of baloney.

For starters, many homeschoolers do use schools to some extent. (It’s funny how many assumptions people make about homeschoolers; we are so much more diverse and individualized than general public schoolers and it would be nice if people took that into consideration.) Some attend part-time while others may attend extracurricular activities, music classes, or even an odd workshop every now and then. Some even attend online courses. So they obviously should be able to use the sports’ resources as well since they’re already approved for using some of the school’s resources.

But even the children who do not attend any programs should be able to use them since their parents pay taxes in their districts. As long as it’s in the same school district, families should be able to pick and choose which services they use and which they do not—especially since by not sending their kids to school they’re helping to save the school a bit of money anyway. Perhaps we homeschoolers should learn how much each school saves from our lack of participation just as each vegetarian calculates how many lives are saved from the meat he or she avoids consuming every year.

Don’t want us to let us use the public school’s resources? Fine. Then stop using our taxes to fund said resources. I’m sure a few hundred extra dollars per family won’t matter to you, and then we can use them ourselves in order to fund our own extracurricular activities. Everybody wins, right?

I never really understood the qualm with paying taxes for something as long as it was for the greater good—parks, roads, whatever—until this entire public versus private schools debate came to light. Now I am not so sure. I pay for plenty of things that I don’t approve of, from corporate bailouts to unlawful wars to public schools. So if I want to use these things—particularly the school resources—I should be welcome to do so. And if I’m not, then you are most welcome to refund me my money so I can use it for my own child’s resources and education.