Are kids of today getting stupider, or am I just getting older and crankier at stupid kids?
A young lady vying for the crown of Miss Teen USA was "caught off guard" by a wild, out-of-left-field question during the pageant. The resulting answer was nothing short of ridiculous, further proof that the ailing US education system is letting down their kids. Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, was described as a varsity athlete and student leader at Lexington High School, where she graduated in June with a 3.5 GPA.
Question: Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?
Answer: I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as, and I believe that they should … our education over here in the US should help the US, or should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and Asian countries so we would be able to build up our future for it.
I wonder what classes she took to get that incredible GPA of 3.5 – perhaps not geography nor English grammar. Or perhaps she was just, like, taking a leaf out of George W Bush’s book. Her Educator-in-Chief is proof enough that the American education system needs help, and fast. In 2004, Bush acknowledged that "When I came into public office too many republic schools were passing children, grade to grade, year after year, without learning the basics." Um, yes, that would be public schools you meant, right?
You be the judge.