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To the editor:
I would like to thank Editor Ben Carlson for his latest column in The Anderson News and for giving a platform to address his question, “What will it hurt to have home-schooled students play sports in public schools.”
Truly, what will it hurt?
I could sit here and argue each point that Mr. Carlson outlined in his column, however, I truly believe the bottom line is what this hurts is the pocketbook and ego of our lawmakers.
For those of us who have legally stepped off the reservation, so to speak, what we have done in essence is taken away all the various money-making schemes that the government doles out for each student who is on campus a certain amount of time per day. Because we educate our children at home, that becomes funding not seen by the local government.
Let’s be real. At a time in history when the government is more broke than the individual family, one might think the government at the local level might sit up and take notice of how other states are working hand in hand with the private sector to obtain at least a portion of these dollars.
There are many states that have found this union to be profitable to their pocketbook, as well as to the overall perception of “it truly is all about the children” ego maker.
It is time to think outside of the box. It is time to get creative. And, it is past time to see while this is every child’s right to receive these benefits that the tax dollars go towards, it is also time to fully get into the 21st century.
Honestly, how many Tim Tebows does this community house? I could start naming a handful.
In the end, though, what is it going to hurt? When one segment of the population is purposefully cut out of the equation, it will hurt society as a whole.
We must remember that the children of today will be the lawmakers of tomorrow.