Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dr. Phil (again)

It looks like the good doctor is planning to air the The Great Debate homeschool episode the day after Thanksgiving on November 24. I've been told the show is a hatchet job on homeschooling. Click on Friday in the upper left corner to watch a small video trailer,

Parents want the best for their children, but what's the best way to educate them? Dr. Phil's guests face off in a debate about whether to school, homeschool or unschool. Dana and her husband, Joe, call themselves radical unschoolers. They say education appens as a side effect of life, and they don't believe in tests, curriculums or grades. Are their three kids learning what they need to know? Then, RaeAnn says public schools are death traps and wants to homeschool her children. Her husband, Steve, says their kids are safer at school than they are at home. Can this couple reach a compromise? Plus, Nicole feels like an outcast at 26. She says she hated being homeschooled, and couldn't relate to other kids.
At the end of the trailer he confesses that "he would be a vegetable if his parents did that to me."

Several guests and audience members have written about the poor treatment by Dr. Phil and the way he portrayed homeschooling.

You can read their accounts here:
Kristen's story
Jane's experience
Charles Lowers
Carrie Lynn

Someone also contacted me about a possible documentary about Dr. Phil and people who have been "duped" by his show. You can email me if you would like details.

Other bloggers offering commentary,
Annette has also been keeping up with all the latest information.
Christine wants to plan a counter-point to the issues raised in the show.

If you would like to share your thoughts with Dr. Phil there is a message board thread for this show on his website. (Thanks to reader Kym for the tip.)

UPDATE: Dayna, the guest in the trailer video left a comment. Overall, she's sounds glad she participated.

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