Was Miss Teen South Carolina Right?

November 25, 2007

So when Miss Teen South Carolina talked about Americans needing more maps, people mocked her and well, you probably know what a viral sensation that video clip became.  But although she wasn’t the most articulate speaker ever, she was kind of right – most Americans probably can’t find “the Iraq” on a map anyways.

While knowing the capital of Azerbaijan probably isn’t very important to most peoples’ daily lives, a certain amount of awareness of the world around you is; it’s not about simply memorizing facts – having an understanding of the world and its varied cultures is key to becoming a well-rounded, open-minded person.  After all, people tend to fear what they don’t understand and all that.

Getting to the point – the very existence of this geography series in the Chicago Tribune is telling, and a little sad*.  I guess it’s better than nothing, however.


*By the way, I got all the questions right – but I’m a nerd when it comes to such things.  I even won the National Geography Bee in elementary school (in fact, I remember that the winning answer was “the former nation of Czechoslovakia”, but I have no idea what the question was).

**Perhaps the Geosense game should be publicized more – it’s a great way to kill a couple spare minutes and you learn geography as you go.  If any of you play, my name on there is Jazspin.


One Response to “Was Miss Teen South Carolina Right?”

  1. […] – by creating a fun game that is strangely addictive (especially if you’re kind of a nerd like me), they’ve managed to get a decent amount of publicity and […]

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