Thursday, August 23, 2007
Kid Nation is a reality show where 40 child, aged 8 to 15, were brought to a ghost town in New Mexico and made to survive on their own without any adult supervision or intervention. The kids were taken out of school and no tutors were provided. Now that it is over, there is tons of controversy about the way the children were treated, and not treated and about violations of the law.
While there is much legal stuff going on, the real criminals are the parents that signed for and allowed their children to participate in this. I have two children and there is no way I would have allowed either one of them to participate in an event like this. Money is just not that important. The parents involved probably all hope that their children will be "discovered" and have successful careers as actors or models. One parent interviewed said her child was used to being in the limelight because she had been doing pageants for years.
Something is seriously wrong with a parent that would allow an 8 year old to go off and live like this. Something is seriously wrong with a school system that allows a child to miss school for so many days to be on a television show like this.