Ok. This both intrigues me and scares me at the same time. “Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?” It is a FOX show after all…
PASADENA, California: Every parent’s nightmare â€” being exposed for not knowing what’s in your kid’s school textbook â€” will soon play out on national television.
Fox announced Saturday that it is making a new game show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” that will air sometime later this year, perhaps as early as the spring. Fifth graders are usually around ages 10 to 11.
Adults will compete in a quiz based on questions from elementary school textbooks. Actual elementary school students will be on hand as “experts” for the adults to consult with.
“While most game shows measure how smart you are, this is a show that will measure how dumb you are,” said Peter Liguori, Fox entertainment president.
Fox won a competition with other networks to buy the idea from Mark Burnett, executive producer of “Survivor,” perhaps because Liguori â€” not too modestly â€” said he was the only chief network television executive to answer all six questions from the show correctly.
I can’t believe this is where our reality tv is now. I’m also a bit concerned that we really aren’t smarter than fifth graders. But wait! The adults can cheat off the kid’s papers! – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_You_Smarter_Than_a_Fifth_Grader%3F
The contestant has three chances to get help along the way: peeking at a kid’s answer, cheating off of a kid’s answer (meaning that the contestant has to accept the kid’s answer), and being saved by the kid (if the classmate answers correctly when the adult did not, the adult is saved, but this only can happen once).
I guess that makes it all ok. It’s not like we’re teaching the kids to cheat, is it? Or are we teaching them that it’s ok to not be smarter than a fifth-grader? <sigh>
Oh, and it’s on after American Idol. If I’m awake, you know where I’ll be at 9:30 tonite! Cross your fingers I can beat the fifth graders :)
Today’s List (I think this is right, I didn’t take the piece of paper with me):