Satire and Humor In The Classroom


Another learning reflection I had was how satire and humor could be used in the classroom. Participating in my Service Learning during the 2016 election cycle gave me many cases in which I could see how these two concepts could be brought in to engage students with the world around them and with the material.

The argument is that sometimes satire can be misunderstood and have the opposite effect of what is desired – such as conservatives and liberals both feeling that Colbert speaks for them. The reason is because, as satire has to preach the issues it is condemning in order to get the satire across, the layer of irony might be lost on some people or might not reach people in the way the creators wished it would.

I think that satire can be most effective in engaging people about the issues at the underbelly of them by engaging people who wouldn’t otherwise be interested if the material wasn’t presented in such an entertaining way. That is when satire works – when it can communicate issues to people in a way that is universally appealing. However, there is a risk that the satire can attempt to make itself so entertaining and appealing that it “sells out” and dilutes its message. Thus, satire can be good or bad depending on the level of integrity that goes into producing it.


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