Homeschooling in the News

My friend┬áBarb and her family were highlighted in this tv news piece on unschooling. Be sure to click on “Leaving Normal School Behind” to see the news clip.

Barb and her boys did a wonderful job at representing homeschoolers. I love some of her quotes even if the reporter did misrepresent a few things (he said that her kids will not receive a diploma and would have to take the GED or take an online course to get a certificate of completion…while it is true that her kids will not receive a diploma from the state of Virginia, she can issue her own diploma. And yes, homeschooled kids without a state issued diploma can and do get into colleges but that is the subject for a different post).

It was fun to see Barb’s boys…what I want to know is where the piles of books and papers and the overflowing bookcases were…at least that is how my house looks!

Update: Barb has posted more information about the interview on her blog. I find it really interesting that even with a story on unschooling they had to have their obligatory “mom teaching kids at the kitchen table” shot. Too funny.


About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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4 Responses to Homeschooling in the News

  1. It’s great to see home schooling and unschooling getting more positive publicity lately :-) S

  2. Rachelle Mendez says:


    I just discovered your site. I’m a casting producer for ABC TV’s Wife Swap-a prime time television show that airs on Monday nights.

    I am currently hoping to cast for a SAHM who unschools, home schools or open schools her children. I was hoping that you would be willing to post this information or perhaps share it with any families that you may come to mind.

    If featured on the show, families receive a $20,000 honorarium. If you refer a family that is selected you receive $1,000.

    More information is available at:

    To apply, please contact: or 212-404-2442

    Thank you,

    Rachelle Mendez
    Casting Producer
    ABC Television’s “Wife Swap”/RDF Media
    440 Ninth Avenue 11th floor
    New York, NY 10001

  3. Meg says:

    Very cool news piece. I do think they represented homeschooling well – and unschooling! We’re not unschooling, too much of a planning type person, but I think done by responsible parents is a great method to teach your kids. Thank your friend for helping all of us make a good and “normal” impresson!

  4. Wife Swap!? Great! What homeschooler in her right mind would volunteer to have a purposely distorted picture of her life put up on the airwaves for all to see and deride? I have heard what y’all did to other Wife Swap participants, so there is no way I would ever consider. Go somewhere else.