As a teen, instead of posters of bands like Bon Jovi and Duran Duran I had dozens of National Geographic maps on my bedroom walls. This love of geography has been passed down to the children, if I can gauge by their enthusiasm for MCP's Map Skills book. We pull out the globe and atlas almost daily, especially during history reading. I am sure that the older ones know exactly where the US is, as well as the 7 continents, and the 4 oceans. All I can say is that if Miss Upton was a honor student and a future college student it doesn't say much about academic excellence in today's public schools.
"After being stumped by a Miss Teen USA pageant question on live television Friday night, Lauren Caitlin Upton's confused, mangled response has been drawing a lot of attention.
The 18-year-old got a chance to redeem herself Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show when she was again asked why one-fifth of Americans can't locate the U.S. on a map.
...her previous response included "U.S. Americans" and mentions of South Africa and "the Iraq."
... many (have) harsh remarks for the Lexington High School graduate who plans to attend Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.
Upton's former principal Creig Tyler remembered her as a well-rounded student.
"She took college-prep and honors courses and performed well," Tyler told The (Columbia) State newspaper. "