Muddleheadedness at its finest...

(Tim) Miss South Carolina was competing for Miss Teen USA. During the competition, she was asked, "Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans cannot locate the US on a world map. Why do you think this is?"

She responded, “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation don’t have maps, and uh I believe that our education like, such as South Africa, and uh the Iraq everywhere like such as, and I believe that they should uh our education over here in the U.S., should help the U.S., uh er should help South Africa, and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future for our children.”

So like, was this young woman homeschooled? Private schooled? Public schooled? Taylor (our youngest) and Lizzie both are at public school this year and doing fine. Through the years, we've used a combination of private (Christian), home, and public schooling for our children. Depending on circumstances, personalities, and gifts, Mary Lee and I believe each of these options can be the proper place for children of the covenant to get their book learning.

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As a lifelong resident of South Carolina, I have to point out that she says she didn't really hear the question and was unbelievably nervous. I doubt she actually talks like that in day-to-day life.

Plus, I've talked to some homeschoolers who sound like Uncle Remus in comparison to her.

Sounds like she could have been the product of our 49th ranked Tennessee public education system. Our educators are very thankful for Mississippi!

Her bio says she's a senior at Lexington High School, which I would assume is the local public school.

I liked the way she tacked "for our children" on at the end -- the previous phrase sounded like the end of a sentence, there was a pause, and then she jumped back in with those three words. It was as if she'd been coached -- "whatever you get asked about, be sure to work this phrase into your answer."

My very first thought--shallow as it may be--was "Please don't let that child be the product of a homeschool family." My second was "Please don't let her be from Tennessee."

I was just disappointed that she did not also manage to incorporate the famous "That is an excellent question and thank you for asking it..." bit.

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Doug, exactly 4 of J's teachers in Metro Nashville public schools were transplanted here from Mississippi. And given our experience with them, I would say that probably served the great state of Mississippi better than it did the great state of Tennessee.

Incidentally, having had the magnolia state as my home for the majority of my life, I knew she wasn't from Mississippi. There was no "Bless your heart" in her answer.

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From the first part of her answer, it's obvious she both heard and understood the question. But she was extremely nervous and lost her train of thought. I seriously doubt if the girl is stupid. She's simply a teenage girl who, appearing on national TV for the first time, froze up. Her answer was so bad it was cute, and it should be pointed out that this lovely young woman is handling national ridicule with grace and poise. For the writer of this post to imply that this young woman is stupid is despicable. Of course, she's a girl, so in the Bayly's eyes, it's OK to make fun of her and put her down. Every week scores of functionally illiterate athletes mangle the English language in the national media. But they're men, and 99% of the time they're black, so the Bayly's give them a pass for their illiteracy. But let a 17 year old female from South Carolina have a moment of nervousness, and the Baylys feel free to ridicule her and imply that she's stupid.

Hey Pete, lighten up. I thought she was cute, too. Or maybe pretty-cute. The only thing I considered ridiculing her for was the color of her hair. But I held off because of men like you who have no sense of humor and would take it badly.

Not to mention my daughters might slap me silly.

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