After reading this I am very glad my 20 something son has watched exactly 0 of the programs mentioned. Perhaps having home schooled him has turned him into an anachronism, but he is certainly better off for having not consumed these things. He doesn't read as much as I do or did, but he does stay informed and he and I can actually intelligently discuss history, music, politics, religion and current events. Believe me it wasn't because me or his mother were super teachers, and I'm certainly not tooting my horn. But I am tooting the horn towards more home schooling, especially Christian home schooling, as both better and safer than public schooling.