Teaching badly on TV

If Intervention can get addicts and alcoholics to sober up, can Classroom Intervention turn struggling teachers into Mr. Chips?

The cable channel A&E will premier the new reality show  in September, reports This Week in Education. Each episode will focus on a teacher who’s having trouble in the classroom.

Some of the teachers will be rookies.  Others will be veterans.  Each will be observed, then counseled in an intense evaluation and support program.  Some will improve.  Others will fail. 

If it becomes popular, it could shed enormous light on the plight of classroom teachers and the challenges of helping them improve.

Teachers who want to be on the show — or want to nominate a colleague — should contact A&E. 

I can’t imagine putting my professional troubles on the air, but there always are volunteers for this sort of thing. Look at the shows where a nanny swoops in to help incompetent parents.

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I think this *could* be a magnificent idea if done on a very small budget and if designed SPECIFICALLY as a professional development tool — something that could be shown to other teachers.

    Unfortunately, it seems destined for mainstream television which means that the emphasis is going to be on personal emotions, crying, character arcs and “overcoming” narratives, which will tear out the guts of any utility it might really have.

  2. After scrolling through the loads of shows that traffic on people willingly humiliating themselves for a brief bout of fame, NOTHING surprises me any more (I admit that one of the reasons I don’t watch American Idol is that I feel sorry for the poor misguided fools who think their caterwauling actually qualifies as singing). But I also find the voyeurism of these artificial “reality” shows disturbing. So I will pass on this concept as well. I just feel sorry for both the teachers involved– and the students who actually want to learn yet are trapped in these classrooms.


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