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.