I prefer my taxes go towards physical education that will go with a person through life. For "thrill" stuff, make your own league, pay for your own fields, and hire your own coach. Football is not cheap. Volksmarching is. That a minority of students with the physique for it get so much money piled on their sport (which they do not keep up with later in life) is a waste of my dollars.
I used tennis as an example because it is was, last time I look at the data, the sport middle class males were most likely to keep up with into their 50s.
Umm, are you forgetting that you are ALREADY paying for this!??! So guess, what it doesn't matter if YOU prefer to Volksmarch, YOU ARE PAYING FOR YOUR SCHOOLS TO HAVE FOOTBALL. That's a given, and nothing you can do about it unless your school district decides for themselves to stop offering it. The choice is not YOURS so who cares what YOU prefer??? Not your school district, that is for sure. Last I knew, not too many schools offer Volksmarching teams.
So that being said, it's there, it's being paid for by you and me, why can't my child utilize it?
If we want to talk about a true waste of your tax dollars, let's talk about the fact that your tax dollars help pay for these extracurriculars, and not just talking about football, but all sports including TENNIS, music, arts, and yes, maybe even this Volksmarching that you are keen on, but yet YOUR CHILD can not utilize them (well, unless you are one the states that allow this). Is that not the true waste of your tax dollars????? You give them a chunk of money every single year, turn and walk away, and expect not one single thing to benefit you personally from that money......that is not a waste of your money? Where else in your life do you do that and you are okay with it? Where else do you hand over money and expect not one single thing in return (excepts charities, but then you are giving to a charity so there should not be any expectations).
For goodness sake, even tithing to a church has some sort of expectation, doesn't it? Don't you receive some sort of services for tithing? If nothing else, a warm fuzzy from listening to your wise pastor spread the word of God? At least that is a direct benefit, your tithing supports the church, allowing your pastor to be there, which opens the door for a service that you can attend. Would you be okay tithing to a church, but then being told you could not come in and listen to the service, or take your children to Sunday school? Thanks for your money and you are welcome to go sit outside in the parking lot and talk about God with those others that are in the parking lot. We took their tithe too, but aren't allowing them into the service. We will shut the church doors so you can't hear the pastor or worship music. Have fun out there in the parking lot!!
Give them money and get nothing but a cold shoulder in return. How is that not a waste of your money? I guess you are justifying it because you don't care for football so what does it matter, right? Now if there was a Volksmarching team that your child wanted to walk with, that was top in the area and all of the other Volksmarchers in your area were half-hearted and no were as good or committed, and your child was a top Volksmarcher, and participating in on this Volksmarch team could potentially open the door to college scholarships, and maybe even allow your child to be come a professional Volsmarcher as an adult...would that you make you feel differently? Silliness.
Overall, you are missing the big picture. You are focusing on the fact that some sports don't have a long shelf life. But other sports do, and they are offered by high schools. They open doors to scholarships, and careers. The point is not the specific sport. The point is the money going to the schools and the doors being slammed in the homeschooler's face because they don't attend classes there. It's not just football we are talking about here. Open wider.
p.s. When I said "Who cares what you prefer", I wasn't implying that "I don't care about your opinion" but only that your opinion obviously is not taken into consideration when your school district determines what extracurriculars they are funding. The fact that you personally do not think spending money on football is beneficial to all is not something the schools care about.....that was my point, not trying to take this to a snarky level.
Edited by Samiam, 25 January 2012 - 12:54 AM.