Saturday, March 17, 2007

all's fair

Ah, so that's how it works. And by "it," I mean Fox's "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?"
Contestants try to answer questions from elementary school textbooks while real fifth-graders stand by to offer help. Unless you're an accountant, the math is the most frightening: On one show, the pint-size experts easily got the answer when host Jeff Foxworthy asked how many sides are there in a trapezoid.
In adults' defense, the last time they had to think about trapezoids was roughly 10th grade. Let's make it fair and have a show where fifth graders have to fill out a tax form, negotiate for a higher salary, challenge a traffic ticket, choose the optimal route to the nearest fast food restaurant in a van of screaming kids, or even pass a simple driving test.

Keep trying to reach those pedals, shorty. Keep trying.

2 comments:

The Science Goddess said...

I love this idea!

M.T. McLaughlin said...

I find it unfortunate that humiliating kids on television isn't as trendy as humiliating adults.