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Miss Utah Got Something Right ('we need to create education better')
Business Insider ^ | JUN. 18, 2013, 9:08 AM | Amelia Acosta

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: New York; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: education; educationreform; pageant

1 posted on 06/18/2013 11:46:31 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
In 2010, Barack Obama called for fixing the public education system by giving us the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and “Race to the Top,”

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 nation’s public school system by establishing a cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.

2 posted on 06/18/2013 11:49:41 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: drewh

“Let’s 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. I’m not sure that this tells us anything about “society,” except that it has an extraordinary tolerance for illegitimacy. No wonder Miss Utah was stumped!”

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/06/miss-utah-vs-barack-obama-and-jay-carney.php


3 posted on 06/18/2013 11:50:18 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: drewh

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.


4 posted on 06/18/2013 11:51:52 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: drewh

Council on Foreign Relations

CFR...

LMAO

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.


5 posted on 06/18/2013 11:53:31 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Speaker John Boehner (R) no (D) no (R)... has more waffles than IHOP.)
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To: drewh

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.


6 posted on 06/18/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Maceman

I don’t see your point...


7 posted on 06/18/2013 11:54:37 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: drewh

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.


8 posted on 06/18/2013 11:54:59 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: drewh

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


9 posted on 06/18/2013 11:55:00 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: 9YearLurker

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).


10 posted on 06/18/2013 12:03:50 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Christie at the beach

Miss UConn won I think.


11 posted on 06/18/2013 12:05:30 PM PDT by drewh
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To: SMARTY

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.)


12 posted on 06/18/2013 12:22:02 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Sure, she’s probably a ditz.

Who AIN'T at that age?

What could she POSSIBLY know about the way the world works?

13 posted on 06/18/2013 12:29:52 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: drewh

Utahns understood what she said. It’s sort of a white suburban mountain west form of ebonics.


14 posted on 06/18/2013 12:47:52 PM PDT by lurk
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To: drewh

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.


15 posted on 06/18/2013 1:34:48 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: drewh
Her mumbled advice to "create better education" is actually valid in light of a chronic achievement gap that could threaten America's economic future

Here's a plan to fix that.

16 posted on 06/18/2013 4:24:36 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: Convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Elsie
Who AIN'T [a ditz] at that age?

My kids.

17 posted on 06/18/2013 4:25:49 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: Convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Zhang Fei
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.

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.

18 posted on 06/18/2013 5:48:20 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: drewh

straitjacket.


19 posted on 06/19/2013 12:36:17 AM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Carry_Okie
Thank GOD you taught them right!

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"


20 posted on 06/19/2013 4:15:45 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: drewh
...Miss America Pageant...

"Just you wait 'til I work MY way up through the 'beauty' racket!



21 posted on 06/19/2013 4:18:42 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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