I should know better than to watch, I really should, but I’ve been a mystery/legal tv-show fan since Perry Mason was on television in the 1950s, and I’m not going to stop watching cop shows at this point.Â Still, tonight’sÂ Law and Order with the homeschooling family being vileÂ Neo-Nazi nutcases, andÂ the kid shooting up the courtroom, maiming the stars of the show,Â plus killing the witness and the judge,Â was another slap in the face to all theÂ decent, hard workingÂ families who homeschool their kids.Â
Yeah, I know novelty makes a great hook for a character, but I haven’t once seen a homeschooling family portrayed asÂ normal on that show, much less as the good guys.Â Every time I’ve seen homeschoolers on Law and Order, they’ve been dysfunctional whackjobs who wind up murdering someone because their grip on reality is slipping.Â Maybe I’ve missedÂ the shows where they get equal time as normal people?
Historically, dysfunctionalÂ whackjobs predate homeschooling as it’s now practiced.Â There is a long history of crooks, nasty people, and folksÂ who are ignorant of their ownÂ bad breath who were socialized in the ‘normal’ way, but can’t seem to play well with others.Â Also, the ‘regular’ nutcases in the general population — nutcases who made their way up the nutcase chain via the venerable mass-school system — far out-number the homeschooling nutcases, numerically and statistically.Â
Homeschooled does not equal nutcase, so give it a rest.
I’ve got no interest in starting a ‘homeschool hysteria’ letter-writing reaction, I’d just like to be able to watch the series without being stereotyped over and over and over.Â I challenge Law and Order to give homeschoolers at least equal time as the good guys.Â
Scriptwriters, next time kids are involved in a Law and Order story, go ahead andÂ have them be the homeschooled,Â but have them finger the bad guys to Munch and Tutuola.Â (Stabler’s hot, but Munch is my favorite, and Tutuola’s just cool)Â Hey, the homeschoolers areÂ home all the time, keeping an eye out in the neighborhood, and the kids are bright, inquisitive and personable.Â They’d make great heroes.