The record of Christian homeschooling has included many bright spots notwithstanding some ominous warnings that the legal status of homeschooling remains insecure, with powerful enemies looking for a rationale to treat homeschooled students as truants from compulsory formal schooling. On the bright side, I am accustomed to reading of homeschooled students who gain admission to top colleges, or win contests like spelling bees.
Accomplishment in competitive sports is something new. The online New York Times for March 16, 2008, carried an article titled “Growing Cheers for the Home-Schooled Team,” by Joe Drape, from Oklahoma City. At the top of the article was a charming photograph of determined-looking teenage girls holding hands as they prepared to start a basketball game. The caption read:
Taber Spani, one of the best high school girl basketball players in the nation, holds hands with two opponents as a coach reads a Bible verse. It is the way each game in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Championships begins. The national tournament is a kind of jamboree around which families plan their vacations.
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Phillip E. Johnson is Professor of Law (emeritus) at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Darwin on Trial, The Wedge of Truth, The Right Questions (InterVarsity Press), and other books challenging the naturalistic assumptions that dominate modern culture. He is a contributing editor of Touchstone.
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