Can someone help me with ideas of how to use satire with education?I'm writing a skit for class.

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clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I assume from your question that you are attempting to write a satirical skit for a class that makes fun of something in education.  There are many directions you could go with this, but to help you get started, I'll make the following suggestions:

  1. Be careful.  Satire, if done correctly and done well, can be offensive.  In a classroom I'd encourage you to poke fun at the "institution" of education and not individual teachers, administrators, or students in your scbool/district.
  2. Be current.  Satire is best achieved when it is both culturally relevant and makes a lasting statement.  This means poking fun of things that are current issues but also important enough to be around for a while.  Make a list of "common complaints" about education.  These can come from students, teachers, or even the media.  In fact, as a student, it might be best for you to bring attention to some "student complaints" (perhaps lunchroom issues, parking problems, scheduling, or standardized testing) that will be understood by your peers and perhaps enlighten your teachers.
  3. Copy others, if necessary.  This might be one of the few times when stealing ideas from professionals would be appropriate in a classroom.  Watch recent (or popular) episodes of Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, or even Family Guy.  These programs (among others) could be considered modern examples of well-done satire.  I encourage you to write your own material but perhaps brainstorm ideas for format and presentation approach.  Consider the way satire often utilizes pop-culture to drive a point home.  In your case, commenting on a real-issue through a well-recognized "copy" of a pop-culture skit might be even more effective than writing something completely from scratch.

This sounds like a fun assignment.  Before you present, you might want to run your ideas through your teacher to be sure that they are appropriate for the classroom.  Good luck.