Saturday, March 10, 2007

Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

Some random observations about the new Fox game show "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader":
  • I only watch it because my kids like it. I swear.
  • It is a shameless ripoff of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. But they give away less money because there are a bunch of cute kids in the mix.
  • The adult contestants are college graduates who generally do very poorly. I estimate that they get the questions right about half the time. The first contestant we saw, on the premiere, got zero questions correct out of four.
  • The questions claim to be elementary school questions, but they are generally much harder than what most people would classify as that level question.
  • Despite the difficulty of the questions, I have watched 4-5 episodes and have NEVER YET SEEN A SINGLE KID GET ANY QUESTION WRONG. I am not big on conspiracy theories, so I am inclined to believe that these are just hyper-intelligent kids (are they supposed to be normal or geniusus? I don't recall if they tell us that.) But it seems to me that, even though these are facts that you tend to forget over the years, the odds of the adult college graduates getting 50% and the kids getting 100% would be about 900 trillion to 1. So I think something is going on. Maybe they are giving the kids study sheets, or something. But this makes the show impossible for me to watch, because it defies credulity and may be lacking in integrity (if the conspiracy theory is true).
  • Example: On the first or second episode, they asked who was the first U.S. President to be impeached. All 5 of the 10 year old kids correctly wrote Andrew Johnson (it was not multiple choice). Give me a break.
  • This show seems to take a perverse joy in adults being stupid. It's the only game show I can recall where everyone laughs about what an idiot the contestant is. In fact, they require every contestant to leave the show by looking in the camera to say that they are dumber than a 10 year old.
  • Jeff Foxworthy is horrible.


At 7:17 AM, Blogger The Orlowski Family said...

As far as the kids being hyper intelligent. I would have to disagree. Both my kids watch and between the two of them they have known 95% of the answers to the questions. Remember they are in the 7th grade and 3rd grade. So i think it is possible for Fifth graders to know most of the answers.


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