Skip to comments.MathCounts Excludes Homeschoolers from Team Competition
Posted on 08/16/2010 10:37:52 AM PDT by aberaussie
Parents of middle school aged children may want to be aware that the national MathCounts Foundation has changed the rules for homeschoolers this year. MathCounts provides an opportunity for 6th through 8th grade students to compete in academic problem solving and mathematical competitions which may be of particular interest to gifted middle schoolers.
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Our homeschool group has sent a team to regionals every year for the last sixteen years. We followed all the rules and all participants were members of our support group. We did not recruit outside of our group or go looking for "ringers" to create a super team. Apparently some tutoring centers or enrichment programs have been recruiting gifted math students, labeling them "homeschoolers" and participating in the competition. MathCounts decided that since homeschoolers are such a small percentage of their participants, they would just ban homeschoolers altogether from the team round of the competition.
I know some folks might think that is fair - they still get to compete. We have been involved with MathCounts for many years and my husband has been the coach for our homeschool group's team for over ten years now. We no longer have children in that age group, but he loves doing it and we live and breathe MathCounts in January and February every year leading up to and during the regional competition. The team round is the best part! Students work in teams of four to solve the problems. The top three or four teams qualify to go to the state level. Two of our children did that twice each and it was a wonderful experience! It fostered an enduring love for problem solving in both of them. Our older son qualified to represent the state in 2000 at the national competition and it would not have happened if his team had not gone to the state competition as a team.
This is so disappointing!
Lemme guess, they were worried that the home schoolers would be regularly handing the other students their collective rear ends?
looks like you can go comment on this article pretty easily, and without signing in!
LET ‘EM HAVE IT!
Let’s overwhelm that message board with pro-homeschooling, anti-Math Counts messages!!!!
That said, my homeschooled son was 58th nationally in 2000.. ;-)
Is anyone surprised they won't let Superman compete in the Special Olympics?
If you were to write anyone, it would be good to write the MathCounts Foundation or its sponsors.
What a shame! I helped train with a MathCounts team when I was a teen - was too old when my homeschool group started it, but I went to the training and had fun and they did ok at the match.
That’s what I was thinking - they didn’t want the homeschoolers to kick their asses in yet another academic contest.
. Anyone with concerns about this is urged to contact MathCounts’ program manager Chris Bright at 703-299-9006 x 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They asked for it.
“This is so disappointing!”
So disappointing or so telling?
Is anyone surprised they won’t let Superman compete in the Special Olympics?>>>>>>>>
Good point. :-)
Well, to be fair, most schools don’t get to pick and choose their membership. Where as a homeschooling team can do nothing but select the best kids from all over.
A better compromise would be to require that members of a home school team are all from the same zip code..
For us it is disappointing. We spend a lot of time on MathCounts. It feels like a betrayal. Of course, that is not the right kind of language to use when we discuss it with the leadership - engineering and math types respond much better to logic than to feelings. ;-) I can say that because of the number of engineers in my family....
They’re not going to do anything that outclasses their fraudulent “clown show”. Thus, Home-schoolers are out because they’d wind up winning.
Only if they make the public schools and private schools follow the same rules. In our area, schools are pretty big and draw from a large area. The several schools that dominate our regional competition year after year draw from a large pool of families of professionals - doctors, engineers, college professors, etc. Private schools draw from several counties, not just zip codes. Our little homeschool group draws from about fifty families in three or four counties. No one joins to be able to participate as a ringer in MathCounts. Homeschoolers are small in number. I wonder how many counties would have enough homeschoolers to field a team....
Can you say HR6? I wish...
What is HR6?
I be done HS'in....but like to get the pings.
HR6 was a bill in the House of Representatives in 1994 that included a provision that all teachers must be certified in all areas that they were teaching. The representative that included that provision refused to remove it or modify it to not include homeschoolers. Homeschoolers made their presence known on Capitol Hill. We shut the congressional switchboards down for a couple of days. It did not pass... I wish there were enough people who cared enough about this issue to really get MathCounts attention.
The real reason for this is obvious. It’s that homeschoolers win so many contests, they expose what a poor job public schools do.
I have heard of the bill but didn’t know it by name. Thanks for the explaination.
I hope your other half taught the grammar portion of your homeschool. :)
Wat u mean?
I ain’t telling. If you ain’t able to figure it out on your own that’s just too bad.
I hope you know I was just playing along. Maybe I should have included a smiley or something. A sarcasm tag doesn’t seem to work for a post where you are just joking around.
I can’t stand to hear people use the word “ain’t”. My husband uses horrible grammar just to irritate me. I tell him he can use all the bad grammar he wants after I am finished teaching the English language to my children. They pick up bad habits from their daddy.
Yes, kids are like Mockingbirds...
Funny story....when my oldest was around 3 or 4...we were in the backyard. I was on the lawn, and she was in the garden playing around. I thought I heard her say "dammit"....Yikes!!
I asked her to repeat what she said..and sure enough she had said it. Could not for the life of me figure out where see had picked that up....We didn't talk like that, and no one around her did either.
One day I noticed while watching..."Star Trek" with her ( She liked the show..as did I )..they said "dammit" now and again...
Of course she had no idea...that she shouldn't talk like that. And of course we corrected that!! Ha!!
Take Care...you are doing a wonderful thing with your children.
Lol kids are funny. My 3 year old daughter has just started saying “I am do degradatated”. She heard it on the movie “Little Women” with Wynona Rider(sp?). The youngest daughter on the movie is always making up big words. I asked my daughter what “degradatated” meant and she said “it means I want my daddy”. Lol!
That should read SO degradatated.