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Nov. 29th, 2007

06:02 pm - Today's "Baby Blues" strip

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You tell 'im, kids!

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From:antimon
Date:November 30th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
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Oh Over the hedge
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From:lilacstarprint
Date:November 30th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
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Right, no more tv for those kids. Cuz school ain't high-quality enough to care about teaching kids that well.

Lesson to parent - Watch what your kids watch. It's more educational than you think.
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From:nefaria
Date:November 30th, 2007 12:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if "Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?" is still airing, but it was a riot to see how dumb all the grown-ups were. :)
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:November 30th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
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It is still (and they have a new version for us Canucks "Are You Smarter Than A Canadian Fifth Grader?" hosted by Colin Mocherie, of Who's Line fame.

Yeah, I used to laught at the dumb grownups too, until I realized what it's about, not necessarily laughing at the dumb grownups but just to point out that fifth graders are exposed to this stuff fresh, whereas we gronwups have had 20 years to forget (and not use) it!

Another scene made me think they really do either select their contestants and/or coach them to "act dumb" - I caught a few minutes of what appeared to be a special format - contestants were all frat boys, and instead of one competing, there were two, there'd be a group of frat boys who were the "visiting class", and they'd be at the students podium, you'd cheat off them, they'd ring in their answer, etc. And, like the kids on the show, the frat boy from the "visiting class" would have "locked in his answer" while the contestant would still be sounding out the question.

I know I'd do good on the show, but it doesn't make for intriguing TV for the game to be played: "How many moons does -" "27! *lock in*" What's the chemical symbol of -" "W! *lock in*"
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From:deckardcanine
Date:November 30th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
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How many moons... of Jupiter or Saturn? I keep hearing different numbers for each, so unless they have a cushion, the question doesn't strike me as fair.

I was much more likely to be appalled at adult ignorance in elementary school. Later, either I realized how much I myself was forgetting, or I got used to other people's ignorance. Some lists of high school and college flubs are still good for a laugh, tho. I love the maps at the back of Non Campus Mentis, which label Europe through the ages according to the amalgam of geographical errors in the rest of the book.
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From:toonygal
Date:December 1st, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
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I used to get "assignments" like this from my teachers in elementary school, too. The teacher would say something along the lines of, "When you go home after school today, ask your parents if they know [some thing]. Then you can teach them something!"

However, my well-educated parents, both with master's degrees, always knew the answer to my questions, giving me no such satisfaction. :[
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 1st, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
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Heh aww, that's no fun!
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