Ryan's Fall

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TV, public school and Ryan’s fall

1. Make a summary of the text TV, public school and Ryan’s fall (max. 250 ord).

The story “TV, Public school and Ryan’s fall” is a story about a teenager named Ryan. Ryan used to be a troubled teenager who was doing petty crimes and getting thrown out of all the schools he went to. One day a TV company came to him and asked if he wanted to participate in a reality TV show. In the show Ryan was send to a private boarding school called Downside which is the oldest catholic boarding school in the area. He was send there to prove that every child/teenager could be something if given the right conditions and to show the huge difference between private and public schools. He began his life at the boarding school very well. His grades went up and he started to experience success. But when the show was over Ryan felt back to his old behavior and got thrown out because he ended at the hospital after a night out drinking with his class mates. Then there is a lot of discussion about if it was ethic correct to play “god” with a teenager’s life and take him away from his natural environment. Sue Richardson who is a psychotherapist claims that there was nothing wrong with the experiment in itself but Ryan should have received additional support after the show was over so he wouldn’t fall back to his old bad behavior.

2. What did Ryan experience at Downside Catholic boarding school? Consult the text The boy on the left had no future. The one on the right is a talented star pupil.

Ryan experienced success and became more confident at the Downside Catholic boarding school due to the fact that he noticed he was good at something. This helped him evolve from a small criminal boy to a student who had control of his own life and had a purpose in life.

3. Discuss at least 2 of the following:
a. “Where Ryan is now is way, way better than where he would have been had he not been involved in this.” I personally believe...
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