Subway, Americaâ€™s leading fast-food sandwich franchise, is sponsoring a contest for kids. Itâ€™s an essay contest entitled â€œEvery Sandwich Tells a Story.â€
This contest itself is something of a story.
First, the contest explanation and rules contain multiple typos.
Second, homeschooling families are prohibited from entering.
Whatâ€™s going on here? Subwayâ€™s official explanation is that the first prize award of athletic equipment can only go to a school. This is a bit lame, since the equipment could easily go to a local park frequented by the winning homeschooling family . . . or any number of homeschooling associations.
What could the folks at Subway really be thinking? I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if the team in control of the contest have spouses in one of the teachersâ€™ unions . . . teachersâ€™ unions are notoriously opposed to home schooling. Go figure.
Thereâ€™s been a lot of speculation. Some folk say that Subway just couldnâ€™t bear to see another homeschooler win. My thought is that any contest with that many typos in the promotional material is badly in need of an education.
Many homeschooling families â€” and their sympathetic friends â€” have started a boycott. And I have to say, much as I like Subway, Iâ€™ll be steering the family car to Quiznos or a local deli the next time my family agrees to go out for sandwiches.
Subway has, perhaps inadvertently, taken on a hot-button political topic, and come out on the wrong side.
This is Common Sense. Iâ€™m Paul Jacob.