The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 13 August 2006, CHEF tackling football now: Home-school group participating in fledgling league
The practice field is an old baseball field behind a church gymnasium.
As the players arrive by car, often accompanied by their parents, they unload their own coolers and gear.
When an assistant coach hands out mesh practice vests, he reaches into the kind of white plastic bag a grocery store gives its customers, not an elaborate equipment bag.
It doesnt have all the trappings you would expect at a typical high school football practice.
For the CHEF Patriots, its the start they were looking for.
WLTX.com, Columbia, South Carolina, 15 August 2006, Homeschool Fitness
Even though most states require home schooled kids to follow academic standards, many don’t have PE requirements. Some homeschooled students go to the local gym, others are allowed to participate in public school athletics. And then some parents go looking for alternatives to keep their kids fit.
Oh, dear. Even when I’m trying to be actively positive about the articles in order to always look on the bright side of life, the sly asides still creep in and poke me in the eye: no P.E. requirements.
So those overweight kids I keep reading about in the newspaper as being at risk for diabetes are all homeschooled? Gee, no wonder we need oversight.
I also wonder what the heck a P.E. “requirement” is. Is it being fit? Is it knowing how to bounce around on a gym mat? Or maybe being proficient at games where balls are hit with some kind of stick? Is it learning the rules of games where balls are thrown around? Is it knowing how to dodge the balls that are thrown around — or are thrown balls an arrestable offense now?
Ah, I should have known that there would be standards ‘out there …’
… but it looks as if some of the states don’t have as rigorous P.E. requirements as they do academic requirements, either.
Oh, well. Back to the (attempted) neutral reading of that same article.
Breaden says when her twin daughters were younger she could send them outside to play. Now that they’re teenagers, they want to be with their friends. Being part of a team allows them to socialize and stay fit at the same time.
Yes, I can understand that. It isn’t that the organizing of kids is inherently negative because it isn’t. Kids will often do it themselves.
In high school some of my neighborhood friends and I played sandlot baseball (I often struck out), sandlot football (sprained my ankle going for a touchdown), went to the marina to sign out a Sunfish to sail in the bay (I usually managed to tack successfully past sailing straight into the wind), or swam for hours at the beach (jellyfish stings!). It’s the “standardisto” mind-set about the undertaking that I find tiring.
My friends and I couldn’t be stopped from going, going, going, but forty years later it’s all teams, organized competition, and winners and losers. Not that there weren’t teams, competition and winners and losers way back when, but the pressure to conform and ‘produce’ wasn’t so almost universally important.
I don’t say this to be a maudlin geezer reminiscing about lost youth, but from a concern about disrupting the process of individual motivation, trial and effort. The post on science at the Life Without School blog had a hand in triggering this theme.
All of [the negative adult] responses would have been typical, and I admit crossed my mind at least once. You had to see the faces of these three kids though! They were excited. They had a plan. They had a theory. And they were not fazed by not succeeding. That is what science is all about.
Do the organized sports of today leave better memories than the disorganized sports of ‘yesteryear?’ Does all the contemporary to-ing and fro-ing, and organizing produce adults who are healthier, stronger and better coordinated? (I’m assuming that’s the point)
Still, I’m glad the girls were having fun, regardless of skewed-eye-views of how reporters write articles.
I’m crossing my fingers for the next article and wishing, ‘happy little homeschool article; happy little homeschool article; …’
The News-Press, Fort Myers, Florida, 16 August 2006, Group adds fun for homeschooled children
The homeschool group is simply an outlet for kids to have fun and doesnt specialize in helping others become homeschooler parents.