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Jon and Kate Gosselin -- Back to School

4/27/2010 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon and Kate Gosselin better stock up on their #2 pencils -- TMZ has learned the reality parents have each been required to go to a court-mandated parenting class.



The judge in their bitter custody dispute has ordered both Jon and Kate to complete a 3-hour parenting class titled "Children in the Middle" -- a requirement for all parents involved in a custody war in Berks County, PA.

We're told Jon and Kate will NOT be required to take the class together -- in fact, parents are often encouraged to take separate classes ... for obvious reasons.  They have until June 8 to complete the class.

As for the course material -- the parents will learn about the dangers of exposing their children to loyalty conflicts ... like when one parent talks smack about the other parent's financial situation. 

Hopefully, Ed Hardy makes backpacks.



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31.

Alicja    

Hi TMZ, do you think the class will teach about consequences of one parent going on national TV, declaring that he hates the children's mother and now he has found 20 something soul mate of his life.

1605 days ago
32.

BW    

Does anyone really care about this train wreck?

1605 days ago
33.

mydownthere    

ENOUGH ABOUT THESE PEOPLE. SERIOUSLY. NOBODY CARES.

1605 days ago
34.

erin    

hey # 28. if the kids are just "playing" why do they require work permits. why does kate say this is the hardest JOB she ever had. how can kate be working and the kids not. come on. think. reality tv is scripted. the children have to redo scenes, dress in winter clothes in the summer to make it appear its winter (remember the good housekeeping photoshoot) please dont make comments that are not true. the kids are working. they are under exclusive contract with TLC. they have the same JOB kate has. kate thinks she has a career but all she really has is 8 kids who she makes a living off of.

1605 days ago
35.

Hey Now    

In FL all divorcing parents have to take a parenting course. But sadly, as pointed out, people don't seem to learn much from that sort of thing. You get out of it what you put in it.

1605 days ago
36.

erin    

hey # 28. if the kids are just "playing" why do they require work permits. why does kate say this is the hardest JOB she ever had. how can kate be working and the kids not. come on. think. reality tv is scripted. the children have to redo scenes, dress in winter clothes in the summer to make it appear its winter (remember the good housekeeping photoshoot) please dont make comments that are not true. the kids are working. they are under exclusive contract with TLC. they have the same JOB kate has. kate thinks she has a career but all she really has is 8 kids who she makes a living off of.

1605 days ago
37.

Me    

The parenting class is mandatory in custody actions in PA. It's not about how to be an effective parent. It's about how to co-parent together in/after a divorce. It is, quite bluntly, a joke. People go to it because it's a requirement they have to commit, not because it's an effective program. The only people who think it is effective are the ones who created it, and family law attorneys (many of whom have either never had children, never been married or never been divorced). They all think it's just super duper.



There is NOTHING in these programs that ever addresses power and control issues. For instance, you be divorcing an abuser, but not a physical abuser. Ah, too bad for you. And when you get to mediation, mediation doesn't address those issues either. Some people are MASTER manipulators of another--one of the reasons their spouse may be divorcing them to begin with. Our legal system just ignores that. In some cases, you even wind up looking like the bad guy for not cooperating with your abuser with a mediator.



And if you were physically abused by a spouse, but not within the time constraints allotted by this farce, oh well...abused 6 months ago, swell. Abused 3 times 3 and 4 years ago? That's not even recognized as abuse anymore. Just pay your money, attend your class, and go sit in a room with your abuser while he attempts to control some more.



Even my own kids thought it was a joke when THEY went (because the kids have to go and watch some stupid movie and talk about mommy and daddy's divorce with total stranger adults and total stranger other kids). Once again, the creators/facilitators and the lawyers think it's amazing. But the people who REALLY matter? It's useless to them, unless they are having a "we shouldn't be married but we're still the very, very, very, very best of friends" divorce. And really? Why would THOSE people be in a custody action?



It's a total farce.

1605 days ago
38.

dirty diana    

chardy79
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whateverpeeps
first of all WE never put ourselves in this situation, THEY did, why get on here all defensive for this loser? the truth is about to come out, ok?? then we'll see how many defend her, lmao. I believe the few that DO defend this pig are working for her, there are not that many people that care for her. so back it down, and wait to hear the truth about your skank ho kate, yes thats what we call them when they sleep with a married man, lol. and i can't wait and see if stevies wife can sue her for it, wouldn't THAT be cool. and newsworthy, hahaha.

1605 days ago
39.

katiemae    

Looking forward to her two new shows! Almost finisheed with her book...it's great! So sweet & loving..a special treasure for them

1605 days ago
40.

CD    

hopefully this class will make them actually focus on their kids well being. maybe dina and michael lohan should take this class with them too.

1605 days ago
41.

Bobbi    

Oh please, no more Gosselins!

1605 days ago
42.

eyeroll    

They need to sign a pledge never to reproduce again.

1605 days ago
43.

beans    

This is so hilarious.GEE!anybody can publish The IT k NARCISSIST FICTION book.oh! my jon/kate EATING GOOD.To much PROTEINS....

1604 days ago
44.

beans    

POOR kate have got the post DWTS depression..I feel so sorry for u kate that the RADAR FAN Base let u down..You would have won the DWTS if the Radar Fans voted like they claim they did..I'm so sorry they caused u to lie to the children about winning the DWTS..Kate why do u have to go to the parenting classes ??I thought your book was about parenting,plus one of your new show will be about giving advice about parenting????The book must be FICTION and the new show must be another COMEDY ACT...

1604 days ago
45.

beans    

I'm so happy Kate likes thehsagewayexpress,plus,CHER,daughter ,CHAZ a member at the sagewayexpress it only for lesbian and gay guys.I'm glad Kate found a place to blog and to say,"Thanks to her fake fans."I hope Kate will feel better as time goes by, since she was voted off DWTS...

1604 days ago
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