The new MTV series, If You Really Knew Me, which debuts tonight at 11 pm EDT, takes teachers into our students’ social and emotional worlds, writes Anthony Cody, an Ed Week blogger. The first episode, shot at a small-town California high school, features Challenge Day, a day of communication exercises pushing students “to open up and share their experiences and feelings.”
In so doing, they discover that one thing they all have in common is a sense of isolation from one another. They also discover that this isolation can be bridged when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable.
Students are confronted over racism, sexism and homophobia. There is space to apologize, and room for forgiveness and a fresh start.
Challenge Day founders Rich and Yvonne St. John Dutra want students to discover their personal truths and “connect in a deep and honest way with other human beings.” Schools hope getting students in different cliques to talk to each other will prevent bullying.
Here’s a link to the first episode. The trailer is below.