This is one of the more interesting things I have read in a while. If you attend the University of Hawaii and have a GPA of 2.0 or less, your name will be added to the reaping bowl! Of course students will not have to fight to the death, but they will have to be interviewed in front of a live audience. This interview will also stream live on the university’s website, which could be pretty embarrassing! See details below!
The University of Hawaii may be the first educational institution to implement a learning system that mocks the popular book series “The Hunger Games.”
In the books, children are chosen from each district to fight till the death in what is called the Hunger Games.
Similarly, UH officials have decided to create their own version of the game amongst failing undergraduate students — or those who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or lower — where their names will be put into a drawing to become a “tribute.”
One male and one female student from each of the 10 campuses of the university will be chosen as tribute.
But don’t worry, folks. They don’t actually have to kill each other in order to win.
Rather, they must go through weeks of training by being interviewed in front of a live audience, which will be streamed on the university’s website in realtime, and also by being enrolled in study hall for at least four hours a day.
Needless to say, these 20 students will be under the pressure of having their friends and family watching them, which officials hope will motivate students to improve on their grades in order to avoid public embarrassment.
Though officials are unsure about the details that go into the new system, the ‘Games’ have been planned to happen every summer. The 20 students or tributes will be chosen by a random lottery a week after spring semester finals.
If the University of Hawaii actually succeeds at improving students’ grades with its new system, other university officials say they might just practice it themselves as a fun and innovate way for the community to get involved with student education.
What do you think of this? If nothing else I do believe this could be a good motivator to get students to keep their grades up. It would work on me!