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    Filed at 1:15 pm under by dcobranchi

    The PBS kids cartoon WordGirl features an HEK as one of the “villains.” Click on Heroes, Villains, and Mere Mortals followed by Tobey.

    3 Responses to “EVIL GENIUS”


    Comment by
    Bonnie
    February 18th, 2007
    at 9:13 pm

    I don’t know if I should say this or not, but the description of this character sounds very much like 3 young boys, all homeschooled since birth, with whom I am closely acquainted. 🙂


    Comment by
    RavenChild
    February 18th, 2007
    at 10:01 pm

    I’m curious about the parts of the description about him trying to prove to WordGirl that he’s not afraid of his mommy and him trying to prove his superiority. I think I’ll watch a bit to see how this plays out.


    Comment by
    RavenChild
    February 21st, 2007
    at 8:59 pm

    Wow. I emailed a note from the WordGirl website, endeavouring to be polite but concerned. I’ve seen a few other homeschool mentions of the show, so I know others have been doing the same. I got this back today from Jessica Wollman, Scholastic’s Executive Director of Programming and Development:

    “Your message regarding our Word Girl television segments and website was forwarded to me, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to respond. Scholastic is dedicated to the production of high quality, developmentally appropriate children’s programs and feedback from involved parents such as yourself helps us fulfill our mission. Please know that we carefully consider all comments and concerns.

    After reviewing the segments and the online components you brought to our attention featuring the home-schooled character Tobey, we are revising the Word Girl website. Tobey will no longer be identified as a home-schooled student. We understand your concern that other home-schooled students might feel stereotyped by the character, and we regret if your or your child perceived that Tobey represents all home-schoolers. That was never the intention of the writers.

    Thank you for contacting us and sharing your concerns. It is very important to us that any series we support positively contributes to the development of young viewers, and we are always very glad to hear from the teachers, parents and children who read our books, use our products and watch our programs.”