Tonight I watched Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader while I sat on the couch writing wedding thank you notes. (Yes... still working on those. Sigh.) I have seen the show two or three times before, and I generally enjoy it. (Although I find it disheartening to see how many people are woefully ignorant - and sometimes I'm afraid I find myself falling into that category as well!)
Tonight's show featured a young waitress as a competitor. The first question was quite basic: "Alanna always ate anchovies" (or something like that) is an example of A) alliteration B) past tense C) compound sentence. The woman was able to answer this question correctly only through repeatedly attempting a process of elimination. The second question asked: if two boys on one anothers' shoulders measured 2 1/2 yards high, how many feet high were they? The answer, of course, is 7.5 feet. This young woman, however, was unable to solve the problem because she was completely unable to determine how many feet are in a yard. One guess she gave, was, in fact, "352 feet in a yard."
At this point, the host of the show asked where she had attended school, and then said, "Sounds like you were homeschooled!"
As a former homeschooler myself (K-12, all the way), I naturally find this comment extremely rude. Can someone really get away with saying something so offensive and and un-informed on network television? I hope he gets in trouble with his producers - and I hope a former homeschooler goes on that show and wins the big bucks sometime soon!