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The Final Kid Nation Episode

X-posted to my own journal:

I have to say the finale was the least interesting of the entire show, though I was glad to see the town recognize both Zach and Sophia for their dedication to the town.

But the most interesting thing I noted was this: It seemed to me that a statistically unusually large number of the kids came from two parent families. I only counted two kids who had 1 parent show up to the part at the end: Sophia and Greg. Which is an interesting pairing in and of itself. The two most self-reliant and bossy kids come from single parent families? Interesting. I suspect there were a couple others, because we didn't see all the kids' families, but all the others we saw were two parent families.

But why would this statistically anomaly occur? Did the producers consciously self-select kids from so-called "normal" American families out of some political agenda? I mean, I noticed that none of the kids had same-sex parents, either, although two (Alex and Morgan) came from interracial families. Are kids from two-parent families more likely to want to go off and live in a town run by kids for 40 days?


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Dec. 13th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't even think about that, but you bring up an interesting point. What are the real odds that out of thirty-seven kids, only two of them have one parent. Or, as you've mentioned, two from interracial parents and none from same-sex. Were they, the producers, trying not to offend anyone? Were they trying to show you need two different-gender parents in order to have successful children? They really should have picked children from more diverse families (not just religion and upbringing which is the obvious) - maybe the kids could have learned even more from eachother.
Dec. 13th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Well, on my own blog a couple people made some really good points in response to this:

1. Most of the kids had two opposite sex parents show up for the party, but that doesn't mean those opposite sex parents are actually together.

2. The permission slips they required of the kids might have been a signficant barrier for children where one parents is MIA or hard to reach. They required both legal guardians to give consent, and so unless a child's parent was deceased or had legally given up all rights, they would have to sign consent, even if they are not currently involved in their lives.

But yeah, the questions are still good ones, in general.
Dec. 13th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Huh, makes sense on both parts; these could easily be true. Thanks for sharing, it makes me less angry. :]
Dec. 13th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Actually Greg was shown hugging two people or least a woman and a man were embracing him. His mom was practically giving him a death squeeze so he was seen only holding onto her but if you look closely, there was a man rubbing his arms and his back while he was hugging his mom. Plus Greg mentioned his mom and his dad when he won the Gold Star; Sophia though definitely seemed to come from a single-parent household.
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Also, not all of those families with two parents are necessarily "normal." I'm sure quite a few of them are divorcees who remarried.
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
I only saw one parent hug Taylor, her mom. If her mom is anything like her, that's no surprise. :X
Dec. 14th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
If you check out where each kid is from, you'll see that most of them are from Nevada, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. No kid is from NY or CA. What are the chances of that?

I don't think the parents thing or the hometown thing is a statistical anomaly. Nor is it a hidden agenda. I just think they held auditions in certain areas and that's what they got.
Mar. 28th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Couple of things...
Interesting comments here. This is a good website...wish I had found it back when the show was going on.
One reason there were no kids from NY or California is because both of those states have VERY strict child labor laws (especially in regards to child actors), and the acting unions are very powerful and aggressive in both those states. So CBS deliberately avoided the two states where a lot of potential "trouble" might come from.
And in the interest of fairness, Sophia's father is an architect and developer in Orlando...and he and Sophia's mother are very happily married. I suspect one reason we see so much of Lori is that, being a partner in a law firm, it's easier for her to get away whenever she wants. Also, an attorney can download work and do a lot of paperwork (which is the lion's share of legal work) via the internet.
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