A new reality show called The Scholar will let 15 high school seniors compete for a college scholarship by facing “academic, leadership and other challenges,” reports Zap2it.com:
“Every student in this country should be entitled to a college education,” (Producers Steve) Martin and (Joan) Stein say in a statement. “With this show, we intend to empower both students and parents with the knowledge that a higher education is realistic and attainable for everyone.”
Prof. Anonymous writes:
I wish that were so, but wishing and reality are two different things. Having just taught at a “university” where a pulse was the de facto admissions requirement, I know what it would be like if “everyone” went to college – without proper preparation.
Also, the show is an elitist competition, and I can’t understand how a competition that eliminates all but the “best” promotes an egalitarian message. It could backfire for viewers who perceive themselves as not being up to the standards set by the contestants.
Higher education is attainable for just about everyone willing to work hard. Generally speaking, however, getting on a TV show is not the best way to qualify for a college scholarship. Watching people on TV is even less effective.