HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is building a solid case as the biggest TV show in the world if we are to believe this article on Time.com. The piece in Time claims that “Game of Thrones” is now being used as a discipline tool by a teacher in Belgium. No, he isn’t threatening to pour a bowl of molten gold onto student’s heads or burning them with Dragon fire. No, he has much more sinister plans for his students if they act up. Here’s the crux of his method as described by Time.com.
Belgian daily Het Nieuwsblad reports that one math teacher, after confirming his students are fans of the HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels, told them he would reveal deaths from the as-yet unreleased seasons of the TV show if they did not remain quiet during class. (Despite growing concerns about Martin’s writing pace, the books — which the Belgian teacher has read — remain ahead of the TV series.)
Why isn’t every teacher employing this methodology? Blackmail is hard to justify in a school setting, but somehow this trick makes sense. As someone who has read all five books by George R.R. Martin, I can vouch that there are tons of spoilers out there that could curl the toes of any “Game of Thrones” fans. The threat of finding out details of last season’s Red Wedding should keep any teenager focused on their work.
Couldn’t this work for any age group? Threaten a group of Kindergartner’s with finding out details from “Frozen” unless they color inside the lines. Tween girls will keep quiet with the threat of “Divergent” spoilers. Heck, why even limit it to students? Office workers might not use FaceBook so much if they knew the repercussions involved the future of the remaining Starks.
So a big bravo to the Belgium school system for showing the rest of us the way in education. Just threaten the kids with spoilers from their favorite stories, and watch those test scores fly.
“If I don’t get silence for the rest of History class then I’ll reveal who Luke Skywalker’s father is.”
HBO kicks off Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” on April 6, 2014.