Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Who Thought This Realty TV Show Was a Good Idea?

I basically haven't seen TV in a few months because of my job (I miss you, TV!) but I did manage to catch Flipping Out and Kate & Jon Plus 8 last night when I got back from my work dinner (for summer associates). How did we survive without DVRs? I certainly never learned to "program" a VCR.

Today I was quickly skimming The Washington Post Style Section for my favorite advice columnist Carolyn Hax who publishes new advice on Wednesdays (and Fridays and Sundays) when I came across this article on a new reality TV show called the "Baby Borrowers". (After all, when you have a DVR you don't actually watch commercials.) While I applaud the idea that "kids" should learn being a parent isn't easy I shudder to think what parents allowed their babies, toddlers, etc. to participate in the show. I also assume the teenagers begged mom and dad so they can say they were on a reality TV show.

This brings to mind the recent media attention directed toward Gloucester, Mass where girls 16 and younger entered into a pact to get pregnant so someone would love them. I grew up in an affluent town that was right next door to a very poor one in Massaschusetts and even in the early 90s girls in that town were bringing their babies to school where daycare, etc. is provided. I think it is great that to the extent a girl (can't call these girls "women") has a baby the school supports her continuing her education. But the parents (see, H, I didn't blame the schools) should teach their kids that having a baby does not equal unconditional love.

Maybe this reality TV show will help stress that message but I suspect many people (me included) won't be tuning in.

1 comment:

Helen said...

Well, actually I would like to see us as schools/educators doing more. Somebody has be to blunt, honest, and up front with kids. I always had a secret thing where I really wanted to be a health educator. They are most definitely the first jobs to go in budget cuts! ( I think it stems from our positive experience growing up with what i consider to be pretty extensive health education.) I am horrified by what little health is taught by the town of Reading. In the Gloucester case, their last year of health is freshman year.