April 16th, 2008

boy with dog

Am I smarter than a 5th Grader?

I should most certainly hope so.

However, come to think of it, there is not much that I do that would entail me to make that claim.

Regardless, in the entire course of events, my love for the television has been rekindled by the whole channel rearrangement fiasco, as I now don't have to sit and bother about which channel to tune into. My look-up list does the trick for me.

I've been seeing a lot of advertisements about the Indian version of Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader, and I had been woefully unaware of how it was something that had been done to death in various countries all over the world before having made its appearance on Star Plus.

I was initially enthused by how our television networks have finally seen the light of day to come up with entertaining original concepts for their programs, but this respect for their ingenuity as well as for my knowledge levels plummeted downwards simultaneously once I heard a reference for that show on 'Last Comic Standing'. (Is George W Bush smarter than a 5th grader? I only know one person in person who knows him personally, and even she doesn't know for sure!)

There are a lot of loopholes in the show. Do they take the average 5th grader in mind while setting the questions? If so, which educational syllabus does the average 5th grader conform to?

If the average 5th grader is considered and every participant wins money, then the show would not be conforming to the collective participating populace's Gambler's Ruin of sorts. But if they take the smartest 5th Grader as a benchmark, say for instance, someone who has already invented Calculus on his own at that age, then the general population stands no chance.

In any case, random nit-picking notwithstanding, it should be a fun show to watch.