Saturday, August 06, 2005

Counselor Has Misgivings About “Brat Camp”

By Jan Fredericks
Licensed Professional Counselor
Founder, God’s Creatures Ministry

(This piece was originally written as a comment on “ABC’s ‘Brat Camp’ Misuses Native American Spirituality.)

When I watched “Brat Camp,” I wondered how breaking the will of teenagers by obeying adults would make them better people. After reading this article it seems that we are teaching them to disrepect the Native Indians' deep-rooted culture. I wonder how these teens' self-esteem is better off (permanently), when real life begins after leaving this made up adventure.
They are at a point in life when they are trying to figure out who they are and what life is about. Not only does the show exploit the sacredness of the Indians' beliefs, but it is another made-up reality show with counselors who are combining vacationing with “work.”

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