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In the article Can They Get a Job (The Home School Court Report, XVIII, Number 4. July/August 2002), HSLDA staff attorney Scott Somerville, Esq., gives some advice to homeschool graduates who are denied employment due to internal policies.

Don’t give up easily.  Every salesman is trained to respond to at least three   no’s   before giving up. Homeschoolers can’t quit the first time a mid-level manager refuses to take a risk.  Ask why you weren’t hired.  If some policy requires an accredited diploma or GED, ask for a copy of that policy.  Get the name of a supervisor or the president of the company, and take the time to write a courteous letter asking for a chance to explain why the policy should be changed.  If they still say no, pass the word to the local support group or state organization.  Send HSLDA a copy of their hiring policy.  Make sure somebody keeps the pressure on this business until it sees the light.

This is exactly what the two homeschool graduates who were denied employment at PepsiAmerica did.  Due to the organized effort of homeschoolers and HSLDA, PepsiAmerica changed its policy to recognize homeschool graduates who have at least one credit from a private school, correspondence school or two to four year college or university.  They hired the original applicants and report being happy with the decision.  They are looking forward to hiring more homeschoolers in the future.  As more companies gain experience with the work ethic of homeschoolers, many are changing their policies, making the process easier for each successive generation of homeschoolers.  This positive witness to employers in every field will go further to change company policies than any form of pressure by public groups.

Joe Jeffcoat, the Chick-fil-A operator in Columbia, reports favoring homeschooled students. (Grossman, Robert J.   Home is Where the School Is.   Society for Human Resource Management, December 3, 2001)

People assume they [homeschoolers] will be socially handicapped because they’ve been homebound, but it’s just the opposite.  They have a good sense of humor and know how to act.  Lots of kids have trouble with judgment, differentiating what’s appropriate behavior in the work environment and on the ball field.  Not these kids.  They’re stable and mature, good team players and likely to stand up for what they think is right.

These character issues are central to why many Christian parents choose to homeschool their children.  Still, some pastors are coming out against the homeschooling movement, questioning whether Christians should remove their   salt and light   from the public schools.  The battle has been raging among Southern Baptists with Robert Moran and Bruce Shortt’s urging for the Southern Baptist Convention to design an   exit strategy   for believers to remove their children from public schools.  The resolution committee instead decided to urge believers to   engage the culture of our public school systems.   (Associated Press,   Southern Baptists Won’t Consider Exit Strategy.   WRAL.com. June 14, 2006. 16 Jun 2006 www.wral.com/apnc news/9369011/detail.html) As Christians, we are instructed to make disciples, so our testimony to the world is important.  Does the sheltered environment of homeschooling produce adults who withdraw from society, hiding their light under a bushel?