Saturday, May 24, 2008

Only Government Sanctioned Rhetoric Welcome

Subway has a writing contest for kids! Yes, the "health conscious" fast food corporation wants children to express themselves. They may be pushing health - but not emotional health. And they make it a point to let potential applicants know that if they are being educated outside of the traditional indoctrinisation industry---they are not welcome.

Phooey on them! Is excellence so scary? Afraid of a few vocal midgets? Was the 2007 homeschooled recent Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion too terrifying? Wikipedia seems to think so.

Advantage....huh, what, excuse me? Scrabbling for resources? Pinching food money to pay for gas to get to lessons? Transforming 15 minutes of adult time into the foundation for a healthy marital relationship? Going to bed flattened and unsatisfied because everyone is so exhausted by facilitating learning?

Everyone makes the best choices for their families. Every single parent on this planet is making sacrifices for their children's benefit. So, why should home educators be excluded because our best choice often works to the advantage of our children?

Wasn't the Civil Right Movement about creating a level playing field? Subway's exclusion of homeschoolers - and Black homeschoolers in particular - negates years of advances which were paid for by death, beating, firehoses, busing and disintegration of the family.

We are exercising our right to have our children educated. It is a scary nation where corporations seek to subdue knowledge displayed on a field which welcomes all comers.

Correspondence / calls may be directed to:

Contact: Franchise Sales
Phone: 203 877 4281
Address: 325 Bic Dr
Milford, CT 06460
United States

If you can't write, call or email....just don't dine with them. We've crossed them off our list. If I get time, I'll post some tips on packing neat picnics for the on-the-go family. It's easier than you think.


Anonymous said...

As a flexatarian, I never eat there anyway. So thank you SUBWAY for giving me a reason to remind my friens not to dine with you.

Christina Springer said...

Thanks Anon! Your support is appreciated!

Anonymous said...

::::thumbs up::::

i don't eat there, i think their food sucks....but now i'll stick my tongue out at them, too, when i walk by.

Anonymous said...

We used to eat there occasionally, but now that they discriminate against homeschoolers, we won't be spending money there again.

That Girl Boo said...

very nice to knows, I will just have to let all my fellow home school parents know, the good news is that there was an story in the Houston Chron a few weeks ago showing that home schoolers are being sought after by some colleges

Bob Zaza said...

Another good reason not to eat these mediocre sandwiches. My child isn't even home schooled...

Christina Springer said...

Little by little, we can create change. We've been boycotting Applebee's because they discriminate against breast feeding mother. Now, Subway.

And in some small way, I'm thankful for corporate foolishness. It forces age appropriate activism into our daily educational journey. The immediate gratification of fast food contrasted with a tangible, concrete, holistic ideal is an amazing teaching tool.

It still doesn't make what they are doing right.

Anonymous said...

I believe the reason Homeschooled children are excluded is the Grand prize is athletic equipment for the school. It is not legal to exclude someone from winning, but Subway does not want to donate $5000 of playground equipment to an individual family, so they are excluding a whole class of people.

Now all that said, if you wish to write the essay and list a local school or some other playground to fulfill the spirit of the contest rules, I am sure they could not object.

Anonymous said...

Regarding your concerns about the Subway contest that excludes home
schools from contest eligibility, Scholastic and Subway apologize to all individuals who have taken offense at this. Our intention was never to make independent schooled children feel discriminated against or excluded from this specific promotion. Throughout the course of the year Scholastic runs a number of contests and sweepstakes that are open to all teachers and students. The eligibility of this contest in particular was solely put in place to award a large group of children with the grand prize of $5,000 worth of athletic equipment. We do however understand how home-schooled children could benefit from this type of prizing and will make sure eligibility is open to everyone in future promotions. We appreciate your
feedback and will make sure a similar situation does not happen in the future. Thank you!

Christina Springer said...

That said, a variety of homeschool cooperatives actually have a dedicated space for cooperatively taught classes. Surely, their communities could benefit, as well. I can only imagine what my local group could do with that equipment.

Pals Enrichment could use some very cool gross motor skills equipment for the Curriculum Lending Library...not to mention all those exquisite anatomy models only available in high end magnetschools - read de-segregation simulators.