It's just that I followed on O'Donnell Web to HERP&ES (love the name change!) to a A Second Generation of Homeschooling and found a post that's goes over the edge with lots of All Caps and calls for action on the Subway matter. Fine, I sort of wish the first step was discussion but she's picked her course.
What grabbed me was this quote:
Will Subway's contest prevent us from homeschooling in the future; will it prohibit our hard-earned freedom to homeschool? No. BUT it does limit us in the educational arena. Where's the progress in that?(bold and italics are author's)
I don't understand. Since when are sandwich shop contests part of the educational arena? Maybe the author has some thoughts to justify that claim but she doesn't explain them. I'm left a little puzzled.
Besides, she's just wrong. This contest doesn't limit us in anyway. If fact, our exclusion makes this potentially much more educational then the contest itself. Think outside the box.
- Use the story starters anyway.
- See if the kids want to construct their own contest.
- Explain the contest, it's limitations and discuss the matter. See what different points of view your kids might have on the matter.
- Look at other contests, read the rules and see if exclusion is standard practice or something confined just to this contest. See if the kids can come up with plausible reasons why those exclusions might be needed.
There are probably a ton of ways to make this a much more interesting, fun and educational then the original contest could ever be. But for goodness sake, don't start giving power to fast food chains by claiming they've somehow limited something that's completely within your own control.