Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Homeschoolers need not apply.

This is greatly annoying. Subway is holding a contest for students grades k-6 to write a short story. They specifically exclude home schoolers. (See the bottom of the page. )

Everything from college admissions, test scores, average income, polls of lasting relationship with parents, and mine and many of my trusted friends life experience shows that home school's ultimate one on one classroom experience is EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE for many children. Further, people with strong religious or political convictions have almost no choice in some situations but to home school. This comes up over and over again. For example, by law schools must teach concepts about abortion and Sexual relationships (including views on gay marriage) that are incompatible with the respect necessary for a teacher or establishment. That is, even if parents provide a counter example, your still putting your child in a bad situation because even if they believe you over their teachers (which sadly is not always the case.) They now have authority figures that they have a legitimate reason to not trust or respect.

So I feel strongly that homeschooling is not only a good idea in many cases, but a necessity. Why should these kids be excluded from a great creative writing contest subway?

From the email I received:

"NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest is open only to legal residents of the Untied (sic) States who are currently over the age of 18 and have children who attend elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted.

Subway's Web site promotion not only misspells "Untied (sic) States," but offers the grand prize winner a "Scholastic Gift Bastket (sic) for your home."

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