by Amy Tjaden News Editor


A vote is scheduled for this morning regarding the Tim Tebow bill.


The Tim Tebow bill would allow homeschoolers the opportunity to participate in public school sports. The bill has been brought before committee four previous times. It has yet to make it to the senate floor.


The main concern is making sure students meet academic requirements in order to participate in sports. Otherwise, the fear is students will drop out of school and claim to be homeschooled so that they can play.


Sen. Hank Erwin, R-Montevallo, who has brought the bill before committee, says that he will work to smooth out those issues before bringing the bill before the senate to debate.


I realize I’m totally swimming against the current here, but I don’t believe in the entire philosophy behind the good grades to play sports requirement. I understand the theory behind why the system works that way but it seems hugely flawed.


First, it completely overlooks students who don’t play sports. There are students who go to school but do not participate in any extracurricular activities. Who is looking after their scores? No one. The message is that unless you participate, no one cares what happens to you.


Second, the public school system is designed to work with only one type of learning behavior. Some children are very smart but not very good students, simply because the way the system is set up. They struggle in this system and then they are further stifled because they cannot participate in extracurricular activities; areas they might shine in if given a chance.


Third, it reinforces the idea that education is extrinsic. Students will learn enough to make the grade so that they can get what they want; in this case, participation in extracurricular activities. But, in most cases, they aren’t really learning anything. They’re retaining information long enough to pass a test and then they’re letting the information go.


I guess what I’m saying is that my solution to the issue would be to remove academic requirements from the extracurricular activities. Allow participation to any student who wants it. I don’t suppose that idea would go over too well.


I’d like to hear your ideas on the issue, [email protected].


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