Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bumbling Beauty Queen Doesn’t Speak For South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Miss South Carolina may stumble when discussing geography, but the rest of the state knows their way around a map.

During last Friday’s (Aug. 24) Miss Teen USA pageant, Miss South Carolina, Caitlin Upton, lost her direction when a judge asked her why she thinks one fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map, leaving many viewers questioning the strength of South Carolina’s educational system.

But Jim Foster, communications director of the South Carolina Department of Education, isn’t stressed about his state’s schooling strengths.

He says, “I’d bet my lunch money, and my kid’s lunch money, that any student in South Carolina could locate the U.S. on a world map.”

And Foster has no plans on changing the system because of one bumbling beauty queen.

Says Foster: “Our geography curriculum is just as rigorous as any other state. I’m not going to change the entire South Carolina school system because one unfortunate young lady got tongue-tied.”

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