Touched by an Angel Responds to Home Schoolers Concerns
According to Nielsen Media Research, the April 4, 1999Easter Sundayepisode of Touched by an Angel (CBS) was watched by just over 12.5 million people. It ranked as the third most watched television program for the entire week.
But by Monday, April 5, HSLDA was receiving phone calls, faxes, and e-mails from members who were concerned that the program cast home schooling in a negative lightlinking it to doomsday cult activity and implying that it is illegal without a teaching certificate. Because of the large viewing audience, HSLDA believed that it was important to address the inaccurate depiction of home schooling presented in the program.
Michael Farris sent a letter to Martha Williamson, Touched by an Angels executive producer, on April 16, 1999, expressing deep concern over the mischaracterizations of home schooling in the episode.
Williamsons response is printed [below].
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Editors Note: HSLDAs report on this matter is not meant to suggest an endorsement of any television viewing.