Can 'Jersey Shore' get you into college? The SATs take on reality TV
High school students were surprised when they sat down to take their Scholastic Aptitude Test and found a question about the legitimacy of reality television on the writing section. The New York Times reports that a reality-television related essay prompt left some kids puzzled.
"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?" the test asked. Students are expected to answer the question in essay form.
Hello. These kids have been busy studying for their SATs. They're not up to date on Snooki's latest trip to the STD clinic.
Honestly, though, the question has stirred up some controversy. What about kids who don't watch television? (We haven't met any, but we're sure they exist.) The executive director of the SAT program says that students aren't being evaluated on their knowledge of reality TV.
"The primary goal of the essay prompt is to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their writing skills," she says. "It's really about pop culture as a reference point that they would certainly have an opinion on."
Kids, next time your mom tells you to turn off the trashy television and do your homework... you know what to do.