SAT essay question asking about Jersey Shore? Not exactly.
Ms. Lylah M. Alphonse wrote this article for Yahoo! about a recent SAT prompt asking the kids about reality shows. It read:
“Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular. These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled. How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?
“Do people benefit from forms of entertainment that show so-called reality, or are such forms of entertainment harmful?”
Here I was thinking they asked who Sammi was hitting up right after she broke up with Ronnie (cookie to the one who gets this right). Apparently, people were peeing their panties over this because some kids are too cool, too smart, and too morally sound to be watching these trashy shows. And you can’t write about something you don’t know after all, right?
I’m glad Ms. Alphonse here included a statement from the SAT people. Basically (and I paraphrase completely) these kids are narrow-minded and they shouldn’t be so whiny. The question didn’t ask about a specific show but about the nature and effects of the show. I’m sure no matter how nerdy a kid is and if the only shows s/he watched were about animals doing it in the safari, s/he’d know what a damn reality show is. You have to be completely oblivious to not be able to answer this question. That or you’re just one of those who memorize their whole textbook to get good grades–yeah, those people.
Come on, they complain about this now? Just wait and see when their professors start lecturing about something completely different from their textbook materials. Are kids going to be complaining about that, too?
After I was done making my WTF face reading the article, it made me wonder: Are they (ahem, we) so obsessed with our GPAs now that we can’t think outside the box anymore?