Aug 28, 2007

Caitlin Upton pities the mapless

Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, the pride of the social studies department at Lexington High School. Must... resist... urge... to... stereotype...

[via the AV Club]

Update: American geography, meet French science.


TheTachyix said...

Well, her webpage opens with the motto, "Where Beauty Meets Ability".

Sterotype away. I'm not sure you can beat that.

TeacherRefPoet said...

I think she just froze up under pressure. Her principal remembers a smart kid in honors courses.

I actually feel for the kid, who froze up in public and became the victim of some pretty spiteful national jokes.

Jim Anderson said...

He didn't say "smart"--he said "well rounded." She took honors courses and "performed well," whatever that means. (She did earn a 3.5 GPA overall.)

She is now the poster child for Mandate Impromptu Speaking Skills Pronto for Every American, K-12. Figure out the acronym on your own.

TorchofLiberty said...

She definitely heard the question at first. She started answering it with, "because some Americans don't have maps."

This might have been the case of an over-coached Miss Teen USA who had memorized paragraphs in her head regarding various topics.

Since she is attractive though, she will still get far in life. For better or worse, in this world, looks are sometimes more important than intelligence.