I’ve commented before on how social and sport activities should be divorced from the schools, and the following article is a good example of one way to make the break:
- 2theadvocate, WBRZ, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Home-schooled and fit: YMCA offers program
The YMCA recently launched a physical education program for home-schooled students.
Forty-seven children from 25 families registered for the program, which is holding classes from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
"I think as things get back to normal following Hurricane Katrina, we’ll definitely see more people in the program," Chris Hester, YMCA director, said.
St. Amant resident Herman McAllister, who home-schools his 8-year-old son, Andrew, said the program gives his son an opportunity to enjoy a more active lifestyle in a safe environment.
""We wanted to get him some exercise in something of a controlled environment and at the same time get him around other kids," he said. "He really loves this because not only is he in an activity group, but he gets to socialize with other kids."
"It’s just like a standard physical education class, with rotating activities and division into different age groups," Hester said. "We based the curriculum off what’s offered in local schools, and from the input of the home-school parents so they can take a sense of ownership in the program."
The cloud to the silver lining is the cost, which is $180 for non-members, but is free to YMCA members.Â But then again, ‘freedom’ isn’t ‘free.’
But,Â I bet no one asked for a GPA.