Yesterday my boy had his first day of standardized testing for the year. (He goes back today for round two.) A local homeschool evaluator organized this group testing at a local private school during the spring break. Though classes are not on, there are students and staff around; the campus is quiet, but not empty.
This campus is a beautiful place. It's quite small. There is a lovely old house that is used as the administration building, some other old and pretty buildings, a couple of new, ugly ones, and well-cared-for grounds with gorgeous, beautifully-shaped, mature trees. At least one tree is a memorial.
Yesterday afternoon, the testing organizer sent out email to all the participants, asking that everyone please obey the traffic direction signs on campus. Apparently people had been driving out the entrance, or in the exit, or otherwise not following the clear signs. Like I said, it's a small place; it's not complicated.
A few hours later I received a second email, asking parents to keep their kids from climbing the trees. She understood that the trees are inviting, and would be tempting to kids who just spent hours in a chair, but... the school asked that the kids stay out of the trees.
I mentioned this to my husband, who had picked James up after the testing. He said he'd been surprised to see a kid playing on a ripstick in the driveway, right by the entrance. He was astonished that a parent would let a kid play right there where cars come in off the street.
So, we have homeschool families coming onto private property (invited, to be sure), ignoring the traffic signs, playing in a (potentially) dangerous place, and playing on and endangering the trees (not to mention themselves).
And this school should open its door to homeschool testing in the future because... ?
Sometimes we homeschoolers are our own worst enemies.