Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
A while back, a video of Lauren Caitlin Upton's (Miss South Carolina Teen USA) poor response to a geography question went viral (19 million views as of today; the 30th most popular YouTube video of all time). Now there's a YouTube video showing Kellie Pickler's geographic ignorance ('Is France a country?') on Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?.
You just know that Lexington (SC) High School (where Upton had a 3.5 GPA) and North Stanly (NC) High School (Pickler) must be chagrined to have one of their graduates be the object of public ridicule due to their academic ignorance. Can you imagine the conversations that their former teachers are having right now?
Cross your fingers that one of your graduates isn't next (like we do whenever there's a national news story about some school administrator doing something dumb). Oh, and how many of you could have said that Budapest was the capital of Hungary?
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