Would you watch a reality show which takes teachers from the mostly white, upper-midd

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  1. Mathemagician

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    le class suburbs, and puts them in violent urban schools for a year to see who can adapt?
     
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    No. I live that every day.
     
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    It could be interesting. I've been wondering if they would ever make a show like that with teachers.
     
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    One of my friends was telling me about a documentary she watched in college that was similar to that. She doesn't remember the name but it was inner city schools in NY that were so desperate for teachers at one point that they were literally letting people just "sign up" if they had a college degree, and then they followed four teachers through their first year of teaching. It was a couple of years ago so I don't remember the stories that well but suffice to say it didn't go well. I might watch something short like that, but I wouldn't watch a whole series.
     
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    As long as they chose the great teachers in their current position.

    I actually think almost all great teachers would at least be good teachers in that position. It takes a different approach, but trained professionals should be able to adapt.
     
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    Actually, they need to do that as actual education research.

    I've long thought they need to take all the teachers from a low SES, underperforming school and swap them with the teachers at a affluent, high achieving school.

    And let's see who's scores go up and who's go down.
     
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    I'd rather watch a show that has teachers in everyday situations so that people in society could find out what it really is all about.
     
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    :clap:
     
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    I think the implications of this research would be too much for politicians to bear!
     
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    There is a reality show called "The Principal's Office" that is really funny. I think it's on reality tv but I don't think there are new episodes. Check it out. Nobody else in my family thinks it's funny but I just laugh and laugh when the students blatantly lie.
     
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    I will watch a show with elected officials and policy makers teaching for ONE month in an urban school.
     
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    *week

    On Comedy Central.
     
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    I don't watch hardly any TV, much less that mindless reality stuff.
     
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    I would find it very offensive. A documentary would be different, but reality shows exploit a dramatic premise for entertainment purposes. Using challenges in urban schools to make money for entertainment purposes would be offensive, and I'm sure the producers would try to increase or otherwise highlight drama to make it sell more.
     
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    The subsitute teacher next door to me had a camera filming the kids for a while. The children told me he was going to put it up on YouTube.
     
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    I would like to hand pick about 2 dozen of the big mouthed experts (those that spew how it is all failing) on public schools and have them try and teach under the restraints and conditions of real schools. Better yet, have them live on the same salary and insurance we have in my district.
     
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    That doesn't even sound right. Sounds like a Warren Jeff's stunt.
     
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    That was on TruTV and I loved it, especially the principal who had to figure out the consequences for the student who rode her horse to school after having missed the bus.

    However, back on topic, I would NOT want to see the series described in the original post. There are too many chances for it to be horribly depressing and, in the end, detrimental to the students.
     
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    If he didn't get consent (which I doubt he did if he is a substitute), he can kiss his career goodbye if someone finds out.
     
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    :2up:
     
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    Now that is a show I would watch. :thumb:

    In response to the OP, I'd check out the first couple of episodes and then probably lose interest because I'm not into reality tv.

    I'm actually surprised at many of the responses on this thread. I thought there would be general outrage at the idea of exploiting kids in rough situations for television.
     
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    no
     
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    That could take place in my school. I probably wouldn't watch it, since I live it everyday.

    But I've always said it would make for a VERY interesting eye opening reality show that I would love for people who live in the suburbs near me to see.

    Whenever I tell people about stuff that's happened at school they always say I should write a book. I think it would be much better for people to see it on TV. Of course there's a million and one reasons that would never happen. But I think it would definitely change people's thoughts of inner city schools, children, and what teachers actually do.
     
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    Although the more I think about it, if it focused on one class, I could easily see either side spinning it to promote their own agenda.
     
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    LOVE THIS! I'd be more than willing to let any politician come in and try to take the reigns in my classroom. Kind of like that undercover boss thing, the kids would have to think he/she is a regular teacher or substitute, otherwise they might act differently...
     
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    Do you guys remember Teach: Tony Danza?

    :lol: My friends and I always thought we should make a drinking game out of the show. One shot for every time he cried!
     
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    You would have been smashed during the first episode.
     
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    My thoughts exactly.
     
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    I probably watch any reality TV show about teaching. I bet it'd be interesting, provided it didn't have a scripted feel to it.
     
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    I have a classmate I graduated high school with out in Los Angles who has produced "reality" TV, and trust me, he says there's very little REALITY in those stupid shows.
     
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    tootgravytrain, I agree!
     
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    I agree with a few posters that say they should take those education "experts" and give them a class in an urban setting.

    Other than that I hope this topic is never produced as a reality show. Reality shows are about drama and ratings. I can't think of a single reality show (I don't watch many) where the people end up coming across as genuine and caring. I think this reality show would do our field a disservice. Educators would end up looking horrible in a time where public opinion is already low.
     
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    No, that sounds awful. To me it's like making lower class students akin to wild animals. "look how crazy these kids are!"
     
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    Hopefully they wouldn't focus on behaviors without some backgroud. For instance, if the teacher was having issues with her students turning in their homework and then found out that the student didn't have time for homework because they had to work after school to help support the family. I know that is a mild example.

    I think a show such as this could really point out the disadvantages that many urban communities have. Unfortunately that would not bring in the ratings and the show would likely focus on the negative without any background knowledge.
     
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    TV is mostly unwatchable. Teenage kids in "adult" situations, brainless "adults" seeing how stupid they can act. If TV viewing (what's popular) is any indication of how low our country's collective IQ has sunk, I fear we have more work to do as teachers than I thought.
     
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    I don't know... I love me some Project Runway!:haha:
     
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    Yeah. Reality shows suck.
     
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    Well, no, there are some good things on. It's just that with so MUCH on now, it'd been diluted down to really simple-minded stuff that is cheap to make. Just like movies and music, you got to weed through the proliferation of trash to find the good stuff, and I just don't have that kind of patience.

    As for "reality" TV, the reason it's basically on every channel now is because it's easy and CHEAP to make.
     

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