Legislative battles are being fought around the country over whether or not to let home-schooled students play on public high school teams. Roughly half of U.S. states have passed laws making them eligible to play on the teams. Advocates have dubbed them “Tim Tebow bills,” after the NFL quarterback who was home-schooled when he played on a high school team. But an attempt by Indiana to find a middle ground may not have solved the problem in that state.
Surfing and Extreme Homeschooling
When director Doug Pray first met the family, it was the surfing theme that commanded his attention. But as he began hearing their stories, “I started realizing that this was not a surf movie at all,” he said from his home in Los Angeles. “This was an amazing opportunity to tell the story of a family who dared to live differently. A lot of Americans fantasize about doing this, and Doc did it for decades. The title does make you think about surfing, but it’s metaphorical. There are times I wish the word ‘surf’ wasn’t in the title.” Read more…
Why are Homeschoolers so Touchy about Subway’s Snub?
What, me touchy? No, not really. I’m just shocked by their blatant lack of public relations prowess.
Actually this story hardly mentions Subway at all. It’s all about the growing Homeschool sports movement.
As a private corporation, Subway is free to include or exclude anyone from their essay contest, and can set up the rules of their contest as they see fit. So why — beside the blatant misspellings that even the eight-year-olds caught — are homeschoolers so offended by this?
Homeschooling has grown in the United States to the point where 3 million children are currently being educated at home. Will Smith homeschools his kids, along with Winona Judd, NASCAR drivers, astronauts, lawyers, professors, doctors, nurses, and truck drivers — all of whom are finding this educational choice works for their families. Read more…
Most high school athletes compete on teams where they go to school, but what about teams who are home-schooled?Well the Homeschool Christian Youth Association (HCYA) created a basketball team of their own. But one thing is missing. They never play any home games. Read more…
Wisconsin Homeschooled athletes more common in college
In Wisconsin the establishment prevents homeschoolers from joining PS teams. However, this is not true in all states and may vary within some states.
High school provides an opportunity to play and gain notice for athletes who seek to play in college. But for home-schooled athletes, it’s a different story.
Only students who are enrolled in a public school can play on an athletic team, according to Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association rules, which leaves home-schooled students to fend for themselves. Read more…
Homeschooled Tebow deserved Heisman
Once homeschooled, now a Heisman winner. No correlation here, just remarkable. UPDATE: Of course you can also find people who think he didn’t deserve it.
The Heisman is sacred. It is not won in a race, and not by a clever political campaign, marketing gimmicks, or in a beauty contest. Tebow deserved it for what he did on the football field, what he did in the classroom, and what he did away from campus.
Remember, just two years ago, he was a home-schooled kid who was able to play high school football in Florida by state law. Now in this, his first full season as a starter for the defending national champion Gators, Tebow had a record 51 touchdowns — 29 passing and 22 rushing — becoming college football’s first 20-20 man. Read more…
Tebow’s family ties
Another article on the close knit Tebow family. Tim Tebow is a Heisman Trophy contender and was homeschooled.
As a top contender for the Heisman Trophy, Tim Tebow, the sophomore quarterback who has been dubbed Florida’s superhero, will have the eyes of the sports world fixed on him.
But while the Gator Nation anxiously waits to hear if he will make history as the first sophomore to receive the coveted award, the tight-knit family who knows him best says instead of focusing on a win, they are focusing on supporting the baby of their family, whom they affectionately call Timmy. Read more…
Homeschooler Snaps Up Heisman Nomination
Veteran blogger Izzy Lyman is still writing about homeschooling. She gives us a view into this amazing home-grown athlete.
The December 3rd 2007 issue of Sports Illustrated will be of special interest to education reformers.
Next to the cover photo of Chase Daniel, the University of Missouri’s plucky quarterback, is a smaller photo of Tim Tebow.
Tebow is also a QB, but he conducts his business, not on the plains but in “the Swamp,” the football stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville. All of 20 years old, he is a serious contender for this year’s coveted Heisman Trophy, the annual award given to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the nation. Read more…
Homeschoolers enjoy team sports
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are at least 1.1 million students who are homeschooled in the United States.
Most of them don’t have a chance to play competitive team sports as homeschoolers.
Thanks to Homeschool Unified Sports Teams of Lafayette (HUSTL), local youngsters can play volleyball, soccer and basketball against other homeschool teams. There also is an organized cheerleading squad. Read more…
Homeschooling and the Globe of Death
Of course homeschoolers come form all walks of life. Show biz and sports are common motivations to homeschool.
A nearly endless parade of denim, leather and chrome streamed into Frank Brown Park on Saturday afternoon as hundreds of riders rolled into Panama City Beach for the seventh-annual Thunder Beach Autumn Rally.
Many of the bikers meandered through the nearly dozen tents that offered everything from boots to patches to new motorcycles. But at 1 p.m., most of the bikers turned their attention to the center of the rally, where a rectangular ring featured motorcycles flying through the air and two teenagers riding in the Globe of Death. Read more…
Homeschooler’s shot at football rejected
A northwest suburban school district again denied a home-schooled teen’s request to try out for a high school football team.
After being turned down by school officials two seasons in a row, Eric Bender, 16, hoped his request to play for the Hampshire High School Whip-Purs might get more consideration this year because it was put before a school board committee in Carpentersville-based District 300. But after consulting with the district’s attorneys, the Policy/Legislative Committee denied the request this week. Read more…
Homeschooled may soon play on UT school teams
Students who are educated at home, or who attend private or charter schools, would be eligible to play on sports teams and participate in other extracurricular activities at regular public schools in the districts where they reside under a proposal that passed a final Senate vote Monday. Read more…