I used to hate the television show because it seemed to make a mockery of the education system. After all….. they were showing successful doctors, lawyers, physicists losing a trivia competition to ten year olds!
Then I thought about it a little more…..
And decided that really what the show seems to prove is that the facts, knowledge, and trivia that are required to be a successful Grade 5 student seem to have little to no impact or bearing on how successful you will become later in life. What you learn in Grade 5 can be easily forgotten because beyond that grade, you didn’t need that information for anything other than trivial pursuit or other such games. Do they ever ask anything that I couldn’t google and find the answer to in exactly thirty seconds?
I used to think that maybe the TV show needed changing. Now I’m thinking maybe it’s the curriculum that needs changing.
Sure it’s funny to have a company CEO with four degrees say, “I am not smarter than a fifth grader,” once he answers wrong the question about what the world’s largest continent is by population. Are they embarrassed? Probably.
What I find more embarrassing is that ten years ago when I first started teaching, I think I put that question on a test.