Use reality TV as a teaching tool!

December 9, 2012

Interesting idea:

The teacher wheeled the TV into the room, slid a gigantic videocassette into our school’s newest piece of technology, the VCR, and pressed Play. I was transfixed. I’m not sure if Scared Straight got any results in the real world, but it certainly made an impression on me. The language! The anger! The tattoos! I wasn’t planning a life of crime (bank robbery would have taken too much time from my Dungeons and Dragons hobby), but let’s just say that I redoubled my commitment to the rule of law.

Years later, I recalled Scared Straight when pondering the challenge of bringing up kids in our prosperous, self-esteem-saturated culture.


Do you want to teach your kids the value of self-awareness? Have them watch early auditions on American Idol, where completely untalented, screeching wannabe pop stars are shocked, shocked to hear they won’t be famous. Your child’s jaw will drop at the high and public cost of self-delusion.

That could be you, sweetie, if we weren’t honest with you like we are.

Do you want to teach your child the value of humility? Turn on the early episodes of any given season of Survivor, where grandstanding, muscular guys are brought low year after year by illness, starvation, or the quiet 40-year-old firefighter — leaving behind a trail of broken dreams and embarrassing boasts.


You can even teach them of the perils of the inconstant heart. Year after year, the best-laid plans of the dreadlocked, super-cool aspiring actors of Survivor are waylaid by the mere sight of a young girl in a bikini.

14 Responses to Use reality TV as a teaching tool!

  1. Setnaffa on December 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    What is Public Education these days? Bread and circuses? Entertainment? Baby-sitting? Condoms on vegetables?

    What about drilling them on Reading, Writing, Penmanship, Good Manners, American Government, Western Civilization/History, Basic Arithmetic, and Public-Speaking, i.e., “The Basics”?

    What’s wrong with giving them a chance to do more than accept a handout or be a slave?

    • ip727 on December 10, 2012 at 5:46 am

      Can’t do that, they may wind up becoming republicans.

      • Setnaffa on December 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

        Or joining a Tea Party?

    • Speak for Yourself on December 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

      How many times have you volunteered at your local school?

      How many times have you spoke up at school meetings, or brought petitions?

      Maybe you have, and maybe you haven’t but, either way, actions speak louder that words.

      • Setnaffa on December 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

        Wow. So instead of addressing the failures of the current system you immediately start looking for to blame someone other than the teachers for what they teach…

        I’m over 50, unemployed, and have no kids. The kids in high school here have newer, more expensive cars than me. And you think I could do more than get arrested? My area is one of the most solidly Republican in Texas; but the NEA has far more influence than local parents. And the agenda pushed by the party of Jeff Davis, Jim Crow, and Barack Obama rules.

        No, there’s really nothing for me to do but “pay taxes and stay out of the way”.

        It took a lot more than one guy to corrupt American teachers and convince them to poison the culture. And unless it’s addressed by more than random disgruntled folks who care about America, it’s not going to change for the better in my lifetime.

  2. ip727 on December 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Parents can’t monitor classrooms 8 hours a day. Their only hope is to erase the daily brainwashing in the evenings when the skulls full of mush come home, as we will never change the teachers as long as they are unionized.

    • High Quality H2O on December 10, 2012 at 5:49 pm


      Go audit a couple of your kid’s classes and then schedule a conference with the teacher and their superindendent afteward to express your “deep concerns”. Do this only once, maybe twice, and you’ll see a sudden change of heart by the teacher in question whether union or not.

      Why do you people give up so easily? Are you French or something? Stop surrendering, cowards.

      • Captain Ned on December 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

        BTDT. Living in the People’s Republic of Vermont all I do in these sessions is to cement in their minds my obviously backward-ass view of life. I’ve tried for years and have come to the conclusion that my daughter is being punished for my views, so I stopped.

        The daughter still gets it, does what she must to keep the peace, yet fully understands what’s happening.

      • Setnaffa on December 10, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        You’re assuming we all have children. That’s rather cruel and arrogant.

      • ip727 on December 11, 2012 at 7:17 am

        You’re delusional.

  3. Setnaffa on December 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    “Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful.” (Romans 1:31)

    This phrase “without natural affection” is the translation of one Greek word, astergeo. It was a characteristic of many pagans of the ancient world. Significantly, it is also prophesied to be a characteristic of the humanistic pagans of the end-times. “In the last days . . . men shall be . . . without natural affection” (2 Timothy 3:1-3). These are the only two occurrences of this word in the New Testament.

    The word stergeo (“natural affection”) is one of four Greek words for “love,” but it is never used at all in the New Testament. It refers to the natural love that members of the same family have for each other. It is such a common characteristic of all peoples that there was apparently no occasion to refer to it at all–except when it is not present, when people lose their instinctive love for their own parents and children, and thus are “without natural affection.” One thinks of the widespread abortion of these last days, as well as the modern breakdown of the family in general.

    Another Greek word for “love” is eros, referring to romantic love, or passion. Like stergeo, eros also is never used in the New Testament. The other two words, however, are used frequently. Phileo, referring to “brotherly love,” occurs over thirty times. It indicates fondness, based on a community of interest with the person or persons so “loved.”

    The fourth “love” word, of course, is agape, which is used over 300 times. This is the type of love called out of one’s heart by the preciousness of the object loved, the love that impels one to sacrifice his own interests for the benefit of the person loved. This is the love of Christ, who “loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). And this is the love generated by the Holy Spirit in the believer for “the fruit of the Spirit is love.” (Galatians 5:22). HMM

  4. Setnaffa on December 11, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Lenin offered free land to farmers if they would support him as leader. Stalin took it all back.

    Guess who the new kulaks are…

  5. Orly Taitz on December 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

    “Guess who the new kulaks are…”

    Perhaps they should be tattooed on the forearm so that we can keep better track of them.

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