This year I wrote about how excited I was to begin homeschooling. This means many sacrifices in the arena of being: a one income family, tightening belts, putting my career on hold, and not contributing to my social security. BUT, I am and was willing to forego those intangible things so my sons could receive the best education we could afford at home.
We purchased a year's family membership to the Texas State Aquarium. This year in their brochure sent to those who purchased an annual membership -- on page 15; an announcment was printed about opening more 'dates' for homeschooling FAMILY events. I was so stoked I told our homeschooling co-op -- thirty families mind you.
Then all is well until a parent (blogger friend Jana C) called to reserve slots only to find out no child under four is allowed to attend (not participate). ATTEND say on a parent's hip or in a stroller.
Does the TSA not have a clue?
I mean many homeschoolers can not afford to have an on hand baby sitter to leave smaller children behind. That is just incredulous to me; an event -- advertised as FAMILY excludes its youngest members from being passive observers.
Another point, I wanted to have access to the best museums, parks, and other public/private educational exhibits to spark an appreciation for all things life has to offer in our sons. I am upset because this was a not well thought out decision by the TSA. And now since their decision has set limits on our homeschooling community I must decide to either: put the TSA on my exculsion list for further purchases when our membership expires in 2011, or duck my weary head in the sand, and protest.
I choose protest.
Jana C. We may join you in supporting the Rock Port Area vice Corpus Christi. I too am as mad as a wet hen right now. ~:>