Valerie Bonham Moon, who edited this News & Commentary blog for a long time, posted a properly scathing analysis of the recent programs on unschooling at her Happy as Kings blog:
“…not only are the subject and the bias not news, they’re not new. Unschooling is so old, cyber-culturally speaking, that the newsletter-magazine devoted to it, Growing Without Schooling shuttered itself in 2001 after 24 years.”
“Watching the Nightline report on the Martin family, and the Good Morning America segment featuring the Yablonski-Biegler family confirmed for me why I’m a non-viewer of television news programs: I recoil at reporters poorly manipulating my thoughts. I’d react better to a well-planned manipulation that makes me think (which is what most nonfiction writing intends, in one way or another) than to a report that presumes I will go along with sharply edited interviews rolling across the screen in mere seconds-long bursts.”
It’s a good fisking, by a thoughtful writer. Well worth reading.