Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Miss South Carolina tries to answer a question...

And this is what happens.

What a total disaster. OMG. A very helpful person on Youtube commented with what he (or she) thought was what she said.

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uhmmm, some people out there in our nation don't have maps and uh, I believe that our, I, education like such as uh, South Africa, and uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should, uhhh, our education over here in the US should help the US, uh, should help South Africa, it should help the Iraq and the Asian countries so we will be able to build up our future, for us."

This is a product of our educational system, folks. In all fairness, I felt the question was dumb as well (why do you think Americans can't find the U.S. on a map? Because we're freakin' dolts, that's why). But she would have been better off saying "no comment". It's like that saying, "better to have people think you're an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt", or something like that. It's also important to understand that our educational system has changed from when even I was in school. You were encouraged to think. Now, teachers are more preoccupied with having our kids memorize the questions and answers on the standardized tests than to have them engage in critical and analytical thinking.

Plus, we live in a culture where it isn't very popular to be educated and wise. I'm sure this girl can fire off random facts on Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, on command. She probably knows the best positions. But she is likely one of those people who couldn't find our country on a map, she probably couldn't even find South Carolina on a map.

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