Beauty & the Geek, which pairs “gorgeous but academically impaired women with eight brilliant but socially challenged men,” reminds RedKudu of teaching. In one episode, a Beauty can’t figure out the Dewey Decimal System and simply gives up. She knows the show is set up to display her stupidity, so why try to be smart? RedKudu is reminded of students who shut down when the work is frustrating.
I wonder, IF they choose to perceive the material and the class as intended to make them feel stupid (or if they come into it perceiving themselves as stupid), what incentive is there for them to try harder? If no one but me is interested in their achievement (because these are kids whose parents are non-responsive), and I’m the person responsible for the content which discourages them, what role might I play in getting them back without catering to their minimal work habits and apathy?
. . . I’m just wondering if there’s a point at which some…something…could be inserted into the cycle between shut-down and melt-down. Something other than the procedures put in place by the school to catch these kids which so often don’t really catch them, but rather juggle them between promised leniency, outright bribery, and an unspoken agreement to let them slip through the cracks so that they need not trouble us further with their profound inadequacies which have built up over the years — delivered wholesale by the very system claiming to be the preparatory experience for their future lives.
That’s why they call it a reality show.