The letter to the editor written by Mr. H. Jay Spiegel published on March 14, criticized state Sen. Scott Surovell for his opposition to homeschooled students participating in interscholastic activities. Of course Mr. Spiegel did extensive research on Sen. Surovell's voting record on education issues that I was happy to read was 100 percent. In his letter Mr. Spiegel referred to the term "elite universities." I have to admit I wondered what he meant by "elite universities.” I agree 100 percent with Mr. Surovell's opposition to the issue of homeschooled students participating in interscholastic activities.
In fact in consideration of having my three sons attending the Fairfax County public schools from elementary through high school schools and the career successes all three have experienced I have to wonder why any parent would want to have their children home schooled. I have written several books relating to WW II. If I had the time and the years remaining I would like to write a book on the subject, i.e., the pros and cons of "homeschooling." Yes, I can understand that avenue due to certain circumstances but, and that is a big but, the lack of the interaction between peers and the obvious lower level of educational rigor cannot be overemphasized. I will vote for Sen. Surovell in 2019 if, as we say on the golf course, I am still on top of the grass. Mr. Spiegel convinced me 100 percent it is the correct thing to do.
Melvin R. Bielawski