As you know my posts mainly revolve around my adventures in babysitting..I mean teaching...and children. Well today when I got home from work, I was watching the news (something I rarely do, sadly) and caught the story about the 16 year old girl from California who set off to sail around the world by herself and break the world record of youngest sailor to do so. She got stuck in the Indian Ocean, close to Australia, and needed to be rescued. The news was reporting that it was all a hoax.
Apparently the family was putting their daughter through this extremely dangerous event in hopes of getting their own reality show. This story may sound similar to the story last October about the dad who reported in a panic his son was floating away in the sky in his homemade hot air balloon. When the balloon crashed and no child was found, police eventually found the boy hiding in the family's garage. The father was sentences to 90 days in prison after admitting that he was hoping his family would get its 'big break' and get their own reality show as well. Whether these stories, or hoaxes, or whatever they are have truth behind them or not, it is just surprising and sad the lengths people will go to to be seen on television/make a buck.
My father always says people should have to take IQ tests before they have children and I think they should have to pass a basic skills course before they're allowed to take their children home from the hospital!
Meanwhile an 11-year-old boy disappeared from a school science fair and his devastated family is searching high and low for him, yet the story of the family trying to get their own tv show is what's on the news, when the 11-year-old who is truly in need should have his face plastered everywhere for people to see.
My rant is over, and I'm sure some people may disagree, but stories like the hoaxes and other lies involving children in order to get their parents ahead make me want to adopt all of the children who have these lives. I hope, if nothing else, these stories on the news are just lessons to people having children now and what not to do when raising the future of America.