WCBD-TV, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, 22 March 2007, Home School and Extracurriculars
Kathy Carper is president of the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools. She says many parents opt to teach their children at home for academic reasons and shouldn’t have to give up sports or other extracurriculars like band.
Why not? Without trying to be a Scrooge, I’m still baffled by the viewpoint that we aren’t responsible for the results of our choices, and the attitude that — despite our choices –whatever someone else has, we ought to have, too.
Compare the above viewpoint with one I saw in the newspaper yesterday about the formation of specialized high schools at Kansas City’s Union Station.
Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, 22 March 2007, Union Station High School? KC district mulls small, specialized centers, including a science focus at the station. (my emphasis)
The district would have to work out issues of costs and staffing. Students in some cases would have to give up some of the extracurricular activities of large schools. But small-school supporters say students would gain unique experiences and college credit in tighter-knit communities with students and teachers who share their interests.
Any choice involves trade-offs. For most people there is a point where the investment of time and money has to be considered. So, in choosing to homeschool, what probably should be considered is whether the investment in the homeschooling process is worth the loss of whatever the alternate choice offers.
Home Education Magazine, November-December 1997, Hanging On To What Makes Homeschooling Distinctive
When we send children to school, even for something as seemingly wholesome as band, we risk having our family getting caught up in the limitations of the school mentality. What is music? For homeschoolers, it’s lullabies, silly songs, friends and neighbors making music for their own enjoyment, informal concerts, maybe formal concerts, and the opportunity to truly develop their musical talent. Why would people want to trade such richness for band uniforms, directors stuck with a limited repertoire (no matter how much they love music), and competition for first chair? Some people may argue that band offers the opportunity to play with a large group of other people. This is important, to be sure. However, if people didn’t send their children to school for music, they would have more incentive to make their own, organize community bands or just get together informally to play whatever they want. In addition, people who take control of their own music are more likely to make music a meaningful part of their whole lives. If conventional schools’ approach to music works, why are there so many children in school bands and so few adults who make music?
posted by Valerie