Skip to comments.Miss Utah Got Something Right ('we need to create education better')
Posted on 06/18/2013 11:46:31 AM PDT by drewh
In a badly botched answer to the final question during this year's Miss America Pageant, Miss Utah Marissa Powell stammered something unintelligible about men and women in the workplace and saw the crown slip away.
Her answer has already gone viral, but she did manage to hit on something true about the current state of the U.S.: education-wise, we're in trouble.
Her mumbled advice to "create better education" is actually valid in light of a chronic achievement gap that could threaten America's economic future
The Renewing America initiative released its federal education progress report today under the moniker "Remedial Education."
The report highlights a chronic achievement gap between socioeconomic groups when it comes to education, something that the CFR says is a significant disadvantage for the U.S. in terms of economic competitiveness.
The problems are hitting younger generations: America ranks first in high school completion amongst people aged fifty-five to sixty-four in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, but tenth amongst people aged twenty-five to thirty-four.
The report also points out that the generation starting jobs now is less educated than the generation retiring, a rarity amongst developed nations.
More highlights from the progress report:
The U.S. ranks 10th worldwide in high school-level educational attainment. We have the highest college dropout rate in the developed world.
Only 29 percent of the lowest income students enroll in college, as opposed to 80 percent for the highest income students. Nearly half of students who enroll in post-secondary education still have not graduated within six years. Students in the top income quintile are eight times more likely to attend a highly selective college than those in the bottom income quartile.
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which he said would fix the education system already fixed by the 2001 GW Bush and Ted Kennedy legislation called No Child Left Behind,
which was supposed to fix a system supposedly already fixed by a 1994 piece of federal legislation called Goals 2000,
which was supposed to fix a system already fixed by America 2000,
which was a 1991 response during the Bush administration to a 1983 federal report on education called A Nation at Risk,
which was published a full four years after Jimmy Carter first fixed the nations public school system by establishing a cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.
“Lets pause there for a moment. This statistic, which has been widely misunderstood, simply reflects the fact that an enormous number of households are not headed by a husband and wife, but rather by an unmarried mother. Those households, as we all know, are likely to be poor, in part because single mothers are mostly uneducated and low-skilled, and in part because it is hard to make a lot of money while having sole responsibility for children. Im not sure that this tells us anything about society, except that it has an extraordinary tolerance for illegitimacy. No wonder Miss Utah was stumped!”
Minorities don’t fail schools; schools fail minorities. (sarcasm) In reality, a lot of the problem with minority heavy districts is the use of racial quotas to stack the teaching staff with unqualified minorities. Because the minorities who are qualified to teach are working in higher value jobs they are also unqualified to perform, thanks to racial quotas for those other jobs. The thing with racial quotas is that it’s turtles all the way down.
Council on Foreign Relations
Say what they want about her being smart or not, she at least sees education as very problematic. That’s certainly a lot more than any of our supposed brain-trusts see.
She gets a D for presentation, and a triple A for content.
At least she has a better grasp of where her problems started than those that detract from her do.
She was right though that other young woman who said we need big brother to protect us was a complete uninformed American citizen. Did that same girl win? I hope not.
I don’t see your point...
She actually wasn’t any less articulate than the self-made multibillionaire Mike Bloomberg was in talking about the importance of learning proper grammar.
She also is a third his age and had a far greater audience listening live than Bloomie ever pulls.
She sounded just like an Obama voter. They try to repeat Obama’s words like they are from the bible but they don’t quite understand what they mean.
Rachael Maddows fans too
Right, she was like a pretty Nancy Pelosi or some so called ‘journalist’ wearing with 5 metric tons of make up and a cocktail dress... (which is how female journalists look now days).
Miss UConn won I think.
Or a pretty Lindsey Graham.
I used Bloomie as an example because he’s at the top of the world by traditional male standards as a self-made billionaire, and he totally embarrassed himself with a similar question.
Sure, she’s probably a ditz. Not that many people are at the far end of the bell curve on looks and brains. I’d say just like your typical male athlete, but women actually are more likely to be good at both sports and intellectual pursuits, whereas males are more likely to be good at only one or the other. (Probable reason: testosterone levels: male athletes have high testosterone and physicists, low. Female athletes and physicists both tend to have high testosterone for their sex, however.)
Who AIN'T at that age?
What could she POSSIBLY know about the way the world works?
Utahns understood what she said. It’s sort of a white suburban mountain west form of ebonics.
Talk about a no win situation. She gets a complete nonsense question that was built on a flawed premise and starts out trying to give a reasonable and truthful answer .. Then somewhere in the back of her mind it occurs to her that if she did a truthful response, she would have been castigated along the lines of Carrie Prejean. The one who should have the criticism and scorn heaped on to her is the questioner.
As a practical matter, any qualified non-minority teacher who will flunk underperformers will be decried as "racist".
That problem has been around since forced integration, as non-politically correct as it is to say so. Heck, just pointing it out would be considered "racist", and I saw it first hand.
I guess I should have added, right before the question mark...
", who has been nutured by the public school system and raised by the media"