Tim Tebow Not Welcome HereJan 16, 2008
University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was home schooled K-12. In his home state of Florida, home school kids are allowed to participate in public school sports programs. That opportunity allowed Tebow to develop his skills. Recently, Tebow was awarded college football's most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy. The first sophomore to ever win that award. In Virginia, Tim Tebow would be a second class citizen. You see, in the Commonwealth, the public school monopoly despises any family that has chosen an alternative to their schools. Home school students are discriminated against daily, including not being allowed the same opportunity to participate in public school sports leagues.
Today, a bill was presented to the House Education Committee that would open the door for home school students to play sports for public schools. Of course, the public school interests lined up in opposition, spouting their normal rhetoric about how no one who chooses to not attend public schools has any rights in public schools. When one legislator pointed out the fact that these families pay taxes that support these schools, a public school lobbyist said, "Taxpayer rights are a myth."
That type of rhetoric and the hostility toward both private school and home school families is typical in Virginia. Why public schools are so threatened by the successful academic programs of these other education venues is a mystery. One would think that if you really "cared about every child," you would want to give every child every opportunity you can. But that clearly isn't the case here in Virginia.
So to all those potential Heisman trophy winners being home schooled in Virginia — Florida has great weather this time of year.