Wow, I had seen the HSLDA alert about the Subway contest that was closed to homeschoolers. But it took a few days to realize people were organizing boycotts and petitions to allow homeschoolers to participate, even though the prize is obviously not meant for someone's backyard: $5,000 worth of sports equipment.
Way to not look like a bunch of goofballs, guys. Here we homeschoolers talk about the superior educations we give our kids. We teach them to think, really think, not like those public-schoolers who just learn facts to spit out on the test, only to forget them, right? And then we go nuts over a dumb contest put on by a sandwich shop.
Yes, I know that they could have included a clause that if a homeschooler won, they'd have to donate the equipment to a school. They just didn't.
If people have to get cranked up about it, how about a writing a nice letter to Subway reminding them that homeschoolers exist (which they know, of course, since the contest had a clause excluding us), and to think maybe of having a contest next time that wouldn't be obviously inappropriate for them? Maybe they'd write back and send some coupons. Still, it would be better to just ignore it, keep buying subs where you normally do and get on with your life.
There is real discrimination going on in this country, people, and it's not about homeschoolers and sandwiches. There are bigger problems than whether or not the CEO of Subway thinks homeschoolers are cool. I've read a few pieces here and there about children feeling bad about it. Great, now homeschoolers are raising their children to be victims, too. Don't we have enough of that going on?
Dana has some thoughts on the subject, and as always she says it better than I do: the original post, and her followup, requesting protesters to call off the dogs. I like the way that sounds.