Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007, the Babbling Bimbo

Mood: Doh!

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.

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7 responses to “Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2007, the Babbling Bimbo

  1.  Giggle – we saw this on TV the other night.
     
    My take is 1)she is stupid and 2)she had preprepared answers for questions and she had either been asked something unexpected, or had gone completely blank and waffled.
     
    We used to see kids do this in HSC Dance where they have compulsory Viva Voce\’s (they only have 2 minutes prep time), and me and B used to get so sick of the kiddies cheating and telling each other the question that one exam we swapped the question after kid 6 (we had 12 kids) and kids 7 and 8 gave answers very similar to Miss Teen South Carolina – waffley and making no sence… Then the answers started getting better so for kid 12 we swapped the question back to the 1st one and kid 12 gave us that waffley randomness again. The minute they were given something different to the question they had prepared an answer for the answers turned into this type of crap.
    Got to the point where we used to have to write 12 questions so that every single kid had a different one AND tell them that that is what we were doing before the exams so they wouldnt even try and cheat.

  2. Perhaps she was trying to tell us in a round about way that the reason one-fifth of Americans can\’t locate the US on a world map is because in a time where everyone is striving for WORLD PEACE, home is where the heart is and there is no need to know where America really is??

  3. That… And she is stoopid! 😀

  4. But seriously, how could she have graduated with a GPA of 3.5 with an answer like that?? When you consider that GPA of 4 = A, GPA of 3 = B, and so on, she was on an average of A- and B+, which meant that she was scoring around the 90% mark for her exams to get her to that GPA.
     
    Straight from the best source of the most accurate information in the world (said with tongue in cheek!!), this is how they score kids in America using their GPA system:
     
    A = Excellent or Superior; or top 10% (93 to 100) = 4.0
    B = Above Average; or second 10% (83-92) = 3.0
    C = Average; or third 10% (77-82) = 2.0
    D = Below average, minimum passing grade (69-76); or fourth 10% = 1.00
    F (or any of a number of other symbols) = Failure or Exceptionally Poor; or bottom 60% (0-68) = 0.00
     
    Whilst I appreciate that people get flustered when they are faced with questions which they have not prepared for, surely, a question as easy as "why do you think one-fifth of your fellow Americans can\’t find America on a world map" should have yielded an answer along the lines of "I can\’t speak for those who can\’t find America on a world map, but I can tell you that I know where it is" might have sounded so much better.  A bit up herself, but so much better.
     
    Oh, Lauren, HOW EMBARRASSMENT!!! 

  5. Like i said – i am going off watching SMART kids completely fucking up an Viva cause they simply werent ready for a question that wasnt the one they had prepared an answer for…
     
    I still also think she is stupid 😀
    But if she had gone through high school doing courses of the equivilant of our Vege Maths/English etc and working hard could pull a B-ish – and the US system has that wonderful system of "Extra Credit" where kids can boost their results by doing extracurricular work – A Varsity Athlete means she was competing at a fairly high level, so thats some extra credit for PE, and student leadership – well thats more extra credit there too

  6. I cringe for her.  And her family.  And her school.
    I had a look at the website for her old high school and it doesn\’t look like a bad school at all.  Her poor teachers are probably cringing for her too.
    How embarrassment … 

  7. She came 3rd would you beleive!!! (Granted they dont get the question until they are in the top 5 or something anyway) – and some TV talk show had her on today and let her redo the question. 

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