Should homeschooled children be allowed to play on public-school varsity teams?

That’s why I agree with Tebow law opponents that there is reason to be concerned about the quality of some homeschooling experiences. Academic eligibility rules for high school sports are a hard-won education reform. If homeschoolers want to integrate with the public system more, they need to play by some of its rules. That means that, at a minimum, there needs to be some sensible regulation of homeschooling quality for students who want to play sports.

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But I don’t understand the self-anointed public school advocates who are simultaneously decrying homeschoolers for being separatists while throwing up walls to keep them from participating in high school athletics, an activity that brings communities together. It’s a position born of adult prejudices, not the well-being of kids.

In a diverse society like ours, there is value in commonness. Opponents of Tebow laws have it backwards: integrating homeschoolers into our public education system advances the goal of commonality.

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