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Thursday, August 30

Poor little Miss Teen South Carolina

I'm sure many of you have seen this today. The youtube link is ON FIRE - almost 9 million views and 30 thousand comments.

I don't whether to laugh or cry. Can you imagine what the poor girl is going through today. Maybe it's just another "being beautiful" as usual day- no big deal. I wonder what her parents must be thinking? Probably thinking "hey, great PR for my beauty queen"

Anyway - HERE IT IS for your viewing. It's Miss SC answering this year's question for the Miss Teen USA 2007 title:

"recent polls show that one-fifth of Americans cannot locate the USA on a world map. Why do you suppose that is?"

I think I know what she was trying to say.....

I am curious to see how my 2 teen daughters will answer the same question when I ask them.


I bet "Little Miss Sunshine" would have had a good answer for that question!


************UPDATE**************

READ
The 2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy
AND WEEP

Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003.

6 in 10 young Americans don't speak a foreign language fluently.

20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia. (It's the largest country in Africa.)

48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim. (It's Hindu—by a landslide.)

Half of young Americans can't find New York on a map.


These results suggest that young people in the United States—the most recent graduates of our educational system—are unprepared for an increasingly global future. Far too many lack even the most basic skills for navigating the international economy or understanding the relationships among people and places that provide critical context for world events.

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