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folkypoet's Avatar folkypoet 04:45 AM 11-25-2006
The Austin affiliate postponed it because of football (thank goodness), and we all thought it would be played at 12:30 AM Saturday. Nope. It was some show about in-laws facing off. Looks like it even included a polygraph test (maybe "Dr." Phil is taking his cues from Maury, now?).

Guess we won't be able to b**** about the good doctor at the homeschooling game day next week.

umbrella's Avatar umbrella 06:02 AM 11-25-2006
I'm amused that in the poll, unschooling is beating out public schooling.
jessielove's Avatar jessielove 07:18 AM 11-25-2006
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When was it on I am in Portland, Oregon?
I looked and it was not on today.
It was supposed to air on KOIN at 3. I'm not sure if it did or not ~ we didn't tune in.
Jen123's Avatar Jen123 10:01 AM 11-25-2006
The poll now reads homeschooling 51% Unschooling 21% and the other two more traditional choices are trailing wayyyyy behind.

My mother Tivo'd the show and really wants me to watch it. I told her I didn't think I could stomach it. I used to like Dr.Phil...but this season his ego , his reality based garbage , the way he treats his guests , his cussing....it's all too much. He lost me part way thru last season. I didn't agree with everything he said , but could pick out the good stuff here and there.

Even my dad...my harshest critic...told me he was outraged and that he was going to write a letter. !!!!! MY Dad !! Seems like I've softened my father over the last seven years.
time4another's Avatar time4another 11:12 AM 11-25-2006
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<snip>...or to try out for cheerleading ... <snip>
hmmm last time I checked you can do cheering at most gymnastics studios...


eta: I'm not surprised that PS/Private School is trailing way behind...

Heather
Ravin's Avatar Ravin 01:18 PM 11-25-2006
The thing I don't get is why he thinks all the social benefits (which he admits there is research backing up) of homeschooling evaporate at 9th grade? Like your HS'd highschooler isn't going to continue to be involved in social activities like he suggests, and possibly find a job (gasp! But you have to go to High School to learn what the real world is like!) part time, etc.
Sasha_girl's Avatar Sasha_girl 03:28 PM 11-25-2006
I'm assuming, Ravin, that it would be the end of the world for a kid to miss prom, football games, and other such activities. No matter how many people tell him that homeschoolers can do prom or sports it won't matter to him. It's outside of his comfort zone so it's therefore not advisable.

I'll never understand why these shared experiences are so important to people, honestly. I would have rather backpacked through Europe or something.
papayapetunia's Avatar papayapetunia 04:07 PM 11-25-2006
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The thing I don't get is why he thinks all the social benefits (which he admits there is research backing up) of homeschooling evaporate at 9th grade? Like your HS'd highschooler isn't going to continue to be involved in social activities like he suggests, and possibly find a job (gasp! But you have to go to High School to learn what the real world is like!) part time, etc.
Hey, hey, hey. Dr. Phil didn't say it..."research" said it. He's just the messenger.
nicholas_mom's Avatar nicholas_mom 04:17 PM 11-27-2006
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Hey, hey, hey. Dr. Phil didn't say it..."research" said it. He's just the messenger.
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mamaofthree's Avatar mamaofthree 07:43 PM 11-27-2006
I popped over to read the summary stuff. The unschooling mom can off like a rose. I think she did really well.
Those audience people though... UGH! The one woman saying she wouldn't want the unschooling kids making decision that effect her. REALLY!? Well I would sure rather have a person who could have an independant thought make decisions then one who had been trained to think only within the box.
Oh well.
I have decided to NOT go over to the dicussion board as I am sure it will make me insane! LOL

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Teensy's Avatar Teensy 06:13 PM 11-28-2006
I had Tivo'd the show and just watched it today. I thought the two unschooling families came off looking pretty good. If I knew nothing about unschooling beforehand, I would think it sounded pretty cool after watching this show.

The mom who wanted to homeschool because she was scared of school violence I felt sorry for, but she did nothing to advance homeschooling. If you are going to drive your homeschooled children around (to museums or wherever) you are probably increasing their odds of getting killed (in a car crash) more than if they rode a bus and spent seven hours a day in a schoolhouse.

Overall, I thought the show portrayed unschooling in a pretty good light - much, much better than I was expecting.
peridot83's Avatar peridot83 03:19 AM 12-02-2006
I just caught this, and was really suprised that he was featuring unschoolers as the focal point of his show. I am a NMY and have only heard about unschooling on MDC, and the first time I read about it unschooling seemed pretty out there. So I think it is a really great thing to just get that idea out in the mainstream. Schooling is very far of, but it was very cool to have a face to put some of the ideas I've learned about here. Dayna, you handled yourself very well and your POV came across as very common sense to me. I mean I read and research more now that I am "done" with my education. I've always been very curious and been self motivated to learn. I think despite the fairly obvious editing tricks and aggressive questions, there will be plently of people who never would have been exposed to the concept who might look into it. One thing I thought was interesting was that the girl who said homeschooling ruined her life was quite well spoken and appeared to be well educated. So her parents couldn't have had it all wrong.
UnschoolingAmerica's Avatar UnschoolingAmerica 07:40 PM 12-02-2006
Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for the support and the kind words! It has been a whirlwind since doing the show! The outpouring of interest and positive words are amazing! I even had an old friend call me say she saw the show and they have decided to pull their daughter out of school (if she wants) and start Unschooling! I feel so honored to be a voice for Unschoolers!

Thanks again for your kind words!

~Peace & Love, Dayna

newcastlemama's Avatar newcastlemama 08:05 PM 12-02-2006
DAYNA-You rock! I just aw the show yesterday and I am glad you were a voice for unschooling. You were so calm and articulate! My mom watched the show so maybe she will "get it" now.
nextcommercial's Avatar nextcommercial 01:51 PM 12-03-2006
I only watched about five minutes of it, and even *I* (the public school parent) was offended by his attitude about homeschooling.

He did not even speak respectfully to the children who's parents have chosen to "unschool". He made fun of the young man who claimed he could answer any question on history.

I was surprised by his attitude. I wished I had watche the whole show.
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