So because my son wants a better academic environment = higher test scores and grades = a more prestigious diploma = a better college and med/law/grad school.... He shouldn't be allowed to play hockey? Or soccer? What about band? Can be be on student council?BadgerBob82 wrote:MSHSL rules for sports should be very simple. If the student doesn't reside within the transportation boundary for the school, they can't play sports.
In other words, a student that drives 40-50 miles to attend a school is not eligible to play sports. Attend whatever school you want for academic reasons, but sports are not included. For the privates this would mean you can't play sports for Hill-Murray if you live in Wisconsin but you can if you live in Woodbury.
The more complex the rules, the more bending and breaking of the rules.
It's posts like this that make me feel pity. Not that you can't afford to send your kid to a private or that he's not good enough to play there, but that you are so envious that it colors your sense of REASON. I can't even read this thread anymore.
Not a huge fan of the MSHSL, but extremely thankful close minded selfish jealous dads like you and the haters on this board aren't pushing policy for my kid.
Of course privates have some advantages over publics - but it sure isn't limited to or remotely centered on HOCKEY. But bitching about the have have nots is a centuries old political conversation that does not specifically address or encompass Minnesota hockey, however much you'd like to stretch it.
I pay x amount of dollars for my son to go to a private. He gets x amount in needs based scholarship. If the high school two miles away had anything even close to comparable academics, I'd save the driving and money and send him there! The hockey team at our public school is arguably better most years than his private. Please get the classroom size down to less than 40, the test scores and college placements up substantially, get a gym or arts class more than once a week, increase the course offerings at the higher levels and offer enough to go around, and don't let your admin placate me with PSEO and online options when they can't offer the maths and APs my kid needs to get in to the college he wants. Make your school better.
Then come on this forum and tell me I'm a traitor and don't support my community because the PUBLIC SCHOOL I moved here for in the first place has fallen so rapidly in 4 years that my wife and I spend every cent we have on private school tuition we never planned for. Tell me we moved for hockey when there were 45 kids in most of his 8th grade classes. Tell me my priorities are f'd up because I've never known a single kid get into the Ivy my kid wants to go to, in fact no Ivy admissions in four years.
Don't you dare tell me that I "used" the association I volunteered hundreds of hours at during my son's time there (including the board) to develop my kids talent just to leave for a private.
The crappy public school forced our hand.
And believe it or not, hater, he would have transferred hockey or no hockey.
Some public schools are great in athletics and academics. Some kids transfer only for hockey. Some parents are crazy. Most public school teachers participate in ongoing and updated training, but their hands (and abilities) are tied to the policies and leadership of the school.
But don't judge what you don't know. The fact that I took the time to justify our decision to you sickens me almost as much as the fact that you will read this and not see yourself in it.