Given his past comments, Dr. Phil McGraw doesn't think high-school aged students should be homeschooled. So, this interview, which features Dr. Phil speaking with two Old German Baptist (or Mennonite) teens, who are at the center of a dramatic custody battle, is especially interesting.
The teens - Mollie and Allene - discuss their experience with government schooling. The excerpt:
"Mollie and I really didn't enjoy public school very much. It wasn't very nice there," says Allene.
"Were the kids mean to you?" asks Dr. Phil.
"Some of them were really friendly," Mollie explains, "but we weren't used to having kids disrespect the teachers openly and not obey if the teacher told them to do something."
Dr. Phil asks how the girls feel about not being allowed to attend school after the eighth grade, as dictated by their faith. "Do you miss that?" he asks.
"Actually, no," says Mollie, "because we don't prohibit learning. Going to school and getting graded is one thing, but I can still learn about history and whatever I want, still. The reason why we don't allow high school, really, is because of the environment that is involved."
Michelle, the mom who is palsy-walsy with the Doc, was also interviewed. She says that when she gets custody of her daughters (Michael, the dad, is the German Baptist), they will attend school, possibly a private one. Because ... "in this day and age you can't get very far without an education."
Part 2 of this family crucible runs this afternoon.
Update: This complex saga continues to take many twists and turns. It's hardly over, but this is what the girls had to say about their faith.