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Old 01-03-2008, 11:32 AM
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Homeschooling on WIFE SWAP

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Once again another mother (And father) have chosen to allow their (Supposed) homeschool family to be seen in a false (Or sadly true) unflattering light as homeschoolers... Sigh.. here we go again...

Last night on Wife Swap, there was the mother of the Princess who gets a Christmas present everyday....

And then there was the homeschool mom who actually used the phrase, "I homeschool to INDOCTRINATE my children with my feminist views.."

I have never met (My world is small) a homeschooler who would willingly use the word INDOCTRINATE, in describing their reasons for homeschooling.

The whole thing in regards to how homeschooling was shown, on this episode hit a new low as the visiting mother of the princess was verbally abusive to the homeschooled girl by calling her a GEEK. Low, even for this show. This show that seems to go out of its way to make every homeschooler to look like the nightmare that the popular myths tend to feed.

I am not angry at the producers of Wife Swap, nor at ABC, as MUCH as I am so completely disappointed at the "Homeschool" families who allow this to happen.

And before you remind me that this is edited for effect, remember, this is NOT the first season... every homeschooler who signs up for Wife Swap KNOWS the views of the producers, ie: They know what they are getting into.

But HOW can they do that to themselves, their family or homeschooling as a whole?

People are just toooo desperate for attention.
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:43 AM
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Sheesh, two shows shown close together with negative views on homeschooling! It's no wonder people think homeschoolers are weird!
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:57 AM
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I was watching old episodes of NCIS this morning (we're still on break, btw. I'm not just a total slacker ) and there is an episode where Abby gets an assistant. Abby works alone, so she was already quite unhappy about it.

Anyhow, this guy (Chip) was talking about his regime of working out, abstaining from alcohol and tobacco, eating healthy, limiting tv, etc. The way he said it made him sound quite OCD. Abby said "Homeschooled?" and he replied, "How'd you know?"

What was funny about it was that it was meant as a slam but I actually found it a compliment about his work ethic and personal morals. Well, until Chip turned out the be the guy trying to kill Abby, but that's a different story.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:23 PM
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Do people really think Wife Swap is a quality show?

Why would one form opinions on anything while watching something with a title like that?
...to me it is anti family...

Btw, I should say that I haven't ever watched it, and don't plan on it.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:05 PM
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I was actually asked by one of the producers to be on the show, they found me via my website, they were going to offer us a lot of money too, but Hubby and I sat down and talked about it and weighed the pros and cons

I had also talked to another mom who was a chat buddy of mine who was on the show too. She said on one part they showed a closet that had no clothes in it and the show made it sound like she didnt buy her kids any clothes, it was the hall closet of course there was no clothes in it! They were also disapointed that her house was not that dirty because the segment was on countrylife verse city life. I guess they think country people are dirty? haha

In the end we decided not to do it, hubby said he would probably have strangled the women who came over here to take my place hahaha

I myself don't like guests even family going into my bathroom in my room so I would freak with cameras all over my house haha

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Old 01-03-2008, 01:12 PM
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Do people really think Wife Swap is a quality show?

Why would one form opinions on anything while watching something with a title like that?
...to me it is anti family...

Btw, I should say that I haven't ever watched it, and don't plan on it.
I agree, Dawn! I have only seen the end of one episode as I was waiting for the next show to come on, and it was SO over the top! We don't watch any of the reality shows, because I am pretty sure they have little to do with reality.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:21 PM
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I have never met (My world is small) a homeschooler who would willingly use the word INDOCTRINATE, in describing their reasons for homeschooling.
I think she was calling a spade a spade. Many of us homeschool to provide our children with a certain worldview, for some it's a certain Christian one, for others a feminist one. Take that word out and replace the feminist talk with Christian talk and I don't think she would have seemed at all odd to many of us. Though she was a Quaker minister so there's probably lots of god talk in their house as well...Weird how the show simp[ly glossed over that.

Anyhow, I liked her. The show plays up the extreme aspects of each mom but I'm betting I could have a much better conversation with her in real life than the sparkly mom.
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I think she was calling a spade a spade. Many of us homeschool to provide our children with a certain worldview, for some it's a certain Christian one, for others a feminist one. Take that word out and replace the feminist talk with Christian talk and I don't think she would have seemed at all odd to many of us. Though she was a Quaker minister so there's probably lots of god talk in their house as well...Weird how the show simp[ly glossed over that.

Anyhow, I liked her. The show plays up the extreme aspects of each mom but I'm betting I could have a much better conversation with her in real life than the sparkly mom.
Yeah that!

I was very impressed with some of the stuff they were teaching their girls! I knew at 12 how to change the oil in a car, how to change a tire, how to flush the radiator and how to deal with jerky guys at a garage who think woman know nothing about cars. My dd will know way before 12...lol She already likes to try helping daddy with the vehicle maintainance. I so would have knocked the "sparkly" mom and her husband both on their ugly bums..lol. I feel sorry for the man who marries that girl, he better be wealthy enough to hire a nanny, a maid, a cook and shrink so he has someone to have an intelligent conversation with!
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:24 PM
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The "Sparkle father" kept saying that his daughter will have more doors open for her...
I kept screaming, "THEN WHAT, Dummy!"

"Ok I'm Here!"

"Yes, now you are here, and you are sooo nice to look at. Now, What can you do?"

"Do? I don't DO anything."

"Oh. Ok, well thanks but we need to get some work done, so go apply at the deli.."

"My mom will fill out the applicta-cation-thingy for me!"


What I liked is that the homschooled mom tried to show the girl that although she obviously is good at what she does, that it is not the end all be all to her and that she CAN be good at other things. I think she honestly planted a confidence seed in that girl and she will eventually have an independence streak in her that will make her want to seek more from herself. Which is of course a good thing.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:45 PM
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I didn't see this episode, but I have seen previous episodes of the show. They manage to put together the two most extremely opposite families for the shows to make the episode "interesting". I find it incredibly unsettling that a family would put their children through this!
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