UPDATE: You can see the difference this show makes, as reported by one student who says, “It’s nice to see that little kids like me can make a big difference in the world. It makes me feel great.” However, ratings have been low and there are rumblings of NBC pulling the plug, yet, like Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, it is worthy of the Best Reality Show Emmy. Check out a short preview now.
It’s about a school, and about pride. The accurately named School Pride, is, according to its website, “a proactive, alternative series that tells the stories of communities coming together to renovate their aging and broken public schools. While transforming the school, the community also restores its sense of value and school pride.”
Yet another reality show in the tradition of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, the show and its hosts come to town, inciting the kids and the community to make a change to improve their schools. Also like Food Revolution, this show has an online pro-social component, “my school pride”, which connects viewers to organizations such as DonorsChoose.org, that match volunteers and contributions to schools in need.
We hear about the education crisis in this country and it seems too big for any of us to fix. Two sayings come to mind and are perfectly demonstrated in this show: “Actions speak louder than words” and “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” With the same amount of effort as any of the home renovation shows on TV, a production can take on a dilapidated school and make it shine. While there may be bureaucracy to address, it’s hard to imagine a community who wouldn’t want to take up an offer to help its school.
Judge for yourself — is fixing schools really this easy? Watch an episode online or catch it on NBC Fridays at 8pm/7pm Central.