Monday, May 13, 2013

I'm Glad We Are Neighbors

While I worry excessively about NC politics and our emphasis on our right to establish our own State religion, I take a little bit of comfort from our neighbor to the South.  No, not really.
This week former Congressman and SC Governor Mark Sanford will be seated again as a member of the US House of Representatives.  Although he was censured by SC government Sanford managed to complete his term as governor despite a scandal of huge proportions.  In 2009 he went "missing" from the government, his location unknown to his security guards, his closest staff members and friends and even to his wife.  No one knew where he was and SC was left without a governor for a week.  The Governor simply disappeared.  He initially said he had gone hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but then a reporter saw him getting off an airplane from Argentina.  When the truth finally emerged, Sanford admitted he had traveled to Argentina to visit his mistress.  He did not apologize, but stated that the woman was his "soul mate."  He was found to have used State funds for the travel expenses and was forced to repay the State.  His recent run for Congress was dismissed by his own party who refused to fund his campaign.  His wife divorced him after the affair and he is now engaged to his soul mate.  (Jokes abound that Sanford will request a seat on the foreign affairs committee.)
Our neighbors to the South also reject many accepted scientific facts.  Recently a fourth-grade "science" quiz was posted on the Internet.  (The test was confirmed by Snopes to be true.)  It is very important for you to know that this test is not from a SC public school.  It was given in a private non-demoninational Christian school.  The school is known for its excellent academics in math and begins teaching Latin in fourth grade.  And there is no mandate for teaching evolution or any other scientific facts in private institutions.  Send your children there if you share their beliefs and don't send them if you don't.
The father of this student was blown away when his daughter brought home her science test.  She had made 100%.  He would not name the school but indicated his daughter would not be attending after the end of this year.
If you cannot read the answers, click on the photographs


The school teaches "Young Earth Creationism" as the basis for all science classes.  I do believe these children might have some difficulty in college-level science courses.  Unless, of course they attend certain colleges who also follow these teachings.  And the students will be well-prepared for SC politics.


KGMom said...

Small comfort when your defense of your now home state is--at least we aren't South Carolina!

Oh, sigh sigh sigh--on that test. I think we are doomed--if such passes as scientific knowledge in ANY school, we are doomed.

I am so upset that terrible things are happening---e.g. CO2 levels rising about 400 ppm--and yet we act like ostriches with heads stuck in the ground let by idiots.

Arkansas Patti said...

Sanford's election was mind boggling enough but that test is really frightening. I'd love to see what kind of college that child will be admitted to.

Taradharma said...

perhaps there is too much lead in the water down there?

Remember Sanford's rambling public confession? What an embarrassment.


troutbirder said...

S.C. "Too small to be a republic. Too large to be an insane asylum."

Vicki Lane said...

Good post and, alas, all too true.

I love troutbirder's comment!

Ms. A said...

If politics is scary now, just wait until those kids get into it.

kks said...

hugs to the hounds.

Anonymous said...

We are living in very interesting times. I must admit it does drive me a little bit crazy.

The Bug said...

Troutbirder for the win!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Donna - Yeah, it's pretty sad.

Patti - I'm guessing Bob Jones or maybe Liberty.

Tara - Oh, yes. Who can forget that display?

Troutbirder - You always hit the nail on the head. Practice with your congresswoman, perhaps?

Vicki - It IS sad, isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I'm going to have nightmares about that test.

Oh... I saw that Grover Norquist visited our state legislature yesterday to make sure they stay on course in the race for the bottom.