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May 24, 2008 6:06 pm

No Homeschoolers Need Apply (Subway)

Subway is sponsoring a writing contest for children. The first prize is five thoousand dollars of athletic equipment for the child's school and the winning essay will appear in Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine.

Here are the rules:"Contest is open only to legal US residents, over the age of 18 with children in either elementary, private or parochial schools that serve grades PreK-6. No home schools will be accepted."

The folks at Subway, of course, have every right to set their own contest rules but why did they make this particular exclusion? Was it suggested by someone at Scholastic Parent and Chld Magazine?

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David T. Beito - 5/25/2008

I thought of that too and you might be right. On the other hand, 5K isn't a lot of money. How hard would it be to someone accommodate home schoolers? Perhaps the organizers are afraid that a home schooler win as they tend to do contests of this type.

Steven Horwitz - 5/24/2008

Perhaps they excluded the home schoolers because the prize is $5K of playground equipment for a school. My guess is that they wanted to do something that had a larger group of beneficiaries (i.e, all the kids at a school) rather than one family in their backyard. As you say, they have every right to make the rules, but I don't see this as necessarily a statement about home schooling per se.