Have you ever seen the TV show “Wife Swap?” Admit it, you have. It is a form of ethnography in its own somewhat demented way. But it is also a very specific, network-endorsed statement about class and character of society.
It seems that it is fairly often the case that one of the families, and the families are always contrasted in many different ways, home schools.
At lease one homeschooling proponent claims that the show “stacks the shelf (sic)” against homeschoolers, making them appear less mainstream than homeschoolers really are.
As a homeschooler, I really feel that I have had enough of this inequitable display. While I agree that the homeschooling families they choose to profile are waaaayyy off center, one must realize that it is the homeschooling families they (Wife Swap producers choose to profile.)
Meanwhile, the other family seems a lot closer to mainstream of daily life, as they seem to choose families that are generally a bit more driven in one way or another than normal families.
Tonight’s show for example, featured a homeschooling family with six kids living in a tree house. …
She might have a point. But it is also true that by their very nature (typically) homeschoolers are not measurable or systematically observable. They don’t want to be measured or observed, which may be one reason the homeshool to begin with. However, this really should disallow them from making claims that appear to be based on measurement and observation (i.e., data) about what homescholers are all about. It often feels very cultish to me.