Saturday, September 1, 2007

A person can be dumb, too

That title in reference to the quote, "A person is smart, people are dumb."

Here is the link if you haven't seen it:

Question: “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?”

Miss Teen South Carolina, Lauren Caitlin Upton's Answer: “I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don’t have maps. And I believe that our education, like such as, South Africa and the Iraq, everywhere, like such as. And I believe that they should... our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., or 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).”

Honestly, I really can't find any compelling fault in that answer. Maybe you could say that the Asian countries are on par or even slightly more advanced in their education and don't need our help, but that is a stretch by any reasonable man's estimation. Certainly, I would not make that claim. Some pedantic philospher-historians have questioned Ms. Upton's use of "the Iraq," but just the other day I was talking with a friend about Iraq, and about fifteen minutes in we realized that he was talking about pre-XBOX360 Iraq and I was talking about post-raped-by-America Iraq (funny story, really--everyone was laughing). Well, clearly TWO very different Iraq's, obviously needing differentiation. And if I understand Ms. Upton correctly--and who doesn't--my Iraq is "the Iraq."

Maybe you agree with Ms. Upton's answer, maybe you don't. In either case, one thing is clear to me: if only all U.S. Americans, like such as South Africa and the Asian countries, would provide maps to some people out there in our nation, then our education over here in the U.S. would finally be able to help the U.S., like such as building up the future for our children and for the Iraq.

1 comment:

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