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.
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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.