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New Hampshire -- The "Live Free or Die" State => Education/ Homeschooling => Topic started by: Tracy Saboe on March 29, 2005, 02:46:03 am

Title: National Geographic different from what we thought.
Post by: Tracy Saboe on March 29, 2005, 02:46:03 am
There's no need to boycott the National Geographic I don't think.


We have heard from a number of people concerned about National
Geographic’s treatment of home-schooled children in our annual
Bee competition because of an incident that recently occurred in New
Hampshire. Some correspondents are under the misconception that the
Society has “banned” home schoolers from the event. That is not the
case.  This year, as every year, the competition is open to children
pursuing their educations at home as well as in public, private and
parochial schools.

Unfortunately, a home-schooled young man in New Hampshire was
disqualified because 2005 protocols were not followed in his case. His
parents, as well as the teacher who administered the exam, acknowledge
that the rules were not reviewed in advance. Much as we regret any
situation that deprives a child of the opportunity to participate,
National Geographic can’t be responsible for any failure to follow
contest’s rules and procedures. They exist to ensure that all
are treated equally and fairly.  And to make an exception after the
could be unfair to other students who abided by those rules.

13,000 tests have been submitted, and of those, only 32 have been
disqualified for issues related to rules compliance. Thirty of the 32
tests were from public, private or parochial schools, leaving only two
disqualified home students. That statistic suggests that the vast
majority of students, parents and teachers understood the process.

We have worked hard over the course of our 17 years administering the
competition to run it in a way that treats each and every child with
fairness and respect. We continuously review our protocols for the
competition, based on input from educators, parents and the children
themselves. While those changes are described on our website and
included in the entry materials, we will strive to make any subsequent
modifications and improvements even clearer in years to come.

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.

Renee' M. Kelly
National Geographic Society
Communications Department
Title: Re: National Geographic different from what we thought.
Post by: Toowm on March 29, 2005, 10:28:56 am
But the current leadership of National Geographic has taken the organization away from the natural world into a PC direction.

I think the homeschooling flap is emblematic of NG's desire to fit in the current political orthodoxy, which is what porc's are seeking to change.