Is it wrong to push your product to try to make a sale? What if it's your local school district, pushing public education?
I don't think realtors or car salespeople are all crooked. Most of them would really like for you to be happy with your purchase, want do their job well, and go home with some cash at the end of the week. Reasonably satisfied customers might mean referrals down the road.
But their primary goal on the job is probably not your happiness. It's the commission, which may or may not be tied to your happiness...
"What's it going to take for a sale?" is sometimes a fair question.
"I want an acre of land in Town X with a three-bedroom or larger house for under $450,000," might be the reply. The realtor is going to scramble and find a listing or three that meets your needs or *bing* realize that right now, a sale isn't possible. Nothing wrong with that. Find out what the customer wants and then try to sell it.
Custer School District of South Dakota recently asked what it would take to bring homeschoolers back to classes. They sent a survey to homeschooling families asking what sorts of concerns or problems they've had with the school district in the past. And what kind of struggles do you have with homeschooling... is there a particular subject that gives you trouble?
I think it's awesome, simply awesome, that the district is treating homeschoolers like CUSTOMERS instead of a CAPTIVE MARKET. I find that really exciting. HSLDA apparently doesn't. I don't know if it's because they have had bad dealings with Custer before or if it's on ideological grounds ("families should homeschool").
I would ignore the "difficulty" type questions because if everyone answered something along the lines of, "I have tuf time follwing homescool law an teechng my kid 2 read," that might get school officials a little too "concerned."
But I would tell them why I homeschool. And I would tell them I'd like an Algebra I class for my 10-year-old. Presently? I've been told that if I want to enroll Emperor in public school here, he would be a FOURTH GRADER. The kid is seriously doing high-school level algebra work. They would just pop him in the "fourth grade" box because of his age. Seriously. The school coulda had a math "sale" there but has chosen not to cater to the customer. I'm simply not in the market for fourth grade mathematics.