Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Testing Testing 1-2-3

This week's episode of My Little Pony was called Testing Testing 1-2-3, and it was awful.

The premise is that Rainbow Dash has a big test she needs to pass. Her friends volunteer to help her study. Rainbow ends up being a horrible student, who goofs around instead of paying attention. She doesn't even try to learn anything. Just the opposite; she deliberately goes out of her way to avoid learning. The entire time, she blames her friends for being teachers.

I wanted to slap Rainbow Dash, for most of the episode. I know a lot of students blame the teacher (or the material) for their inability to learn, but this was clearly a case of Rainbow being a self-centered jerk who fails classes because she can't care less. Hey, Rainbow, your friends don't have to help you study, you know! Stop blaming them for your problems.

Realistically, Rainbow should have failed her exam, and then lost the job she was applying for. That would have been a good ending, albeit a bit harsh. Rainbow could learn that her actions have consequences; she could learn how destructive her refusal to pay attention in school is.

But no. Rainbow's friends came up with an overly-complicated gimmick, which tricks her into learning material without knowing it. She passes with 100%, and we got a moral about how some students need alternate learning techniques, but that doesn't mean they are stupid.

I can certainly appreciate how the show attempted to teach a lesson about students with legitimate learning disorders, but the entire thing was a failure, because Rainbow's learning disorder is "lazy and selfish". She did not deserve to be rewarded for her refusal to learn anything. I also question the episode's implied moral, which is "learning is boring, so the only way to teach students is through trickery".

The transitions and animation were good, though, so overall I'm giving this episode a 2 out of 10.


Anonymous said...

Friendship is Magic?
More like,
Friendship is TRAGIC!

Am I right?

Anonymous said...

But, Micheal, this episode wasn't about learning disabilities at all! It was about how some people just learn differently. Some students legitimately can't focus in a classroom setting, no matter how hard they try--and end doing other things to try to occupy their attention.

Rainbow does spend the first part of the episode not paying attention because she thinks she knows it. However, after she fails the Twilight's pop quiz, you can tell she's really trying to learn and it just doesn't work for her.

If you're attempting to learn through the wrong modality, its not going to work no matter what you do, and that was Rainbow's problem. Its not a disability, just a different way of learning. There really are kinestetic learners (like Rainbow) who learn when their in motion or other otherwise active.

Miss. Cellaneous said...

I agree with anon @ 5:13. I think a part of Rainbow didn't realize how seriously she needed to learn her history until after she failed Twilight's pop quiz. After, Rainbow genuinely paid attention to Fluttershy's play, (remember her asking "Who's that?"), Pinkie's rap, (just not realizing that she didn't absorb it as well as she thought she did), and Rarity's fashion show (honestly, who except Rarity could really learn anything from a FASHION SHOW? I mean, all you would really learn from that is how they DRESSED). Just none of those study methods worked for her. Though, I will agree that having the whole town be a living flashcard was a bit much. You can't exactly set up something like that for every test you take.

Anonymous said...

Nah, Michael is right. Dash is lazy and selfish.

Bri Mac said...

Nope. She's loyal and caring in her own way. You're just an idiot.

Bri Mac said...

She didn't refuse to pay attention, moron. She couldn't help it because there are disabilities that make it hard to do that. You insensetive asshole.

Anonymous said...

She did refuse to pay attention. She didn't think she needed to learn it. Don't lump people with legitimate learning disorders who try their best in with people who launch spit-balls on class, and then say "It's your fault I didn't learn anything." It's insulting to the people who actually try.