ERIC Number: EJ857644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Reference Count: 0
This is Jeopardy!
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v74 n5 p14-18 Jan 2009
Jeopardy!, the trivia game show, is approaching its 25th year on television. With its amazingly bright contestants, daily doubles, potpourri categories, double jeopardy rounds, tick-tock music played during final jeopardy, and tournament of champions, Jeopardy! has become a media icon in American popular culture. Unfortunately, Jeopardy! isn't just a game show. It's the game show gone reality show in America's public schools. As host, President Bush has created a serious state of affairs with positive and serious negative consequences attached to correct and incorrect answers on trivial test items such as those presented in the Hollywood version of the game. The reality show's producers include federal and state education leaders who promote the use of high-stakes tests to hold states, districts, schools, teachers, and students accountable for educational progress. Local educators are the audience members who cheer on contestants in genuine and good-hearted hope that opponents will be able to answer facts quickly and correctly. Students in America's public schools are the contestants, trapped in jeopardy as they try to answer questions properly to avoid even more jeopardy. And the viewers are, too often, naive members of the American public. They get drawn into the game show as they, most often helplessly, watch nervous contestants thumb the reply button. They experience vicarious emotions of delight and peril as contestants reap the positive or evade the negative consequences attached to right or wrong answers to sets of questions much like those used in the construction of large-scaled, high-stakes, standardized tests used today. This article discusses the issues concerning the American public education.
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Television, Programming (Broadcast), Educational Games, Figurative Language, Public Education, Public Schools, Test Items, Standardized Tests, High Stakes Tests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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