Meet the Future Leaders of Kentucky

We learned about this from our clandestine operative in Kentucky, code-named “Blue Grass.” The headline is Bell students prepare for college. It appears in the Middlesboro Daily News of Middlesboro, Kentucky.

The newspaper has a comments feature (there are none yet) and a fine photo of the students. They appear to be — shall we say — well fed. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

In early June, 35 middle and high school students from Bell, Harlan, and Letcher counties participated in the 2018 Southeast Scholars Summer Program on the SKCTC Cumberland Campus. These seventh- through 12th-graders enrolled in academic classes that prepare them for college-level work.

That sounds nice — although we’re a bit concerned a place named “Letcher County.” The newspaper says:

Classes include math, biology, and chemistry, as well as leadership, financial literacy and diversity. Upon graduation from high school, scholars are provided financial assistance to cover full tuition, books and other expenses at SKCTC.

That isn’t defined, but it’s probably Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College — a two-year community college. The Middlesboro Daily News then tells us:

According to the program’s interim director Dr. Carolyn Sundy, the Southeast Scholars Program is designed to “educate and empower socioeconomic challenged students to have equal opportunity to higher education and to achieve their collegiate dreams, as well as, become responsible, successful citizens and employees within society.”

So far, everything seems just fine. Why did our clandestine operative bring this to our attention? Here it comes:

This year, the students enjoyed a cultural enrichment trip [Ooooooooooooh!] to northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio. They visited the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter, Northern Kentucky Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Kings Island.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Cultural enrichment indeed! The news story continues:

The summer program’s theme was R.I.S.E. [No definition given.] As Dr. Sundy [the program’s interim director] says, “To be successful in life it is necessary to motivate Southeast Scholars students to R.I.S.E and become future leaders in their schools, communities, state and nation.”

We have no doubt that after visiting ol’ Hambo’s creationist enterprises, the young scholars will be equipped to be great leaders. One last excerpt:

The Southeast Scholars Program is funded through generous donor gifts and is managed by the Office of Advancement Southeast KCTCS Foundation.

We searched their website for the meaning of the R.I.S.E. theme and this was all we found:

RISE (an acronym and thus pronounced like the word rise) once stood for Rural Infant Stimulation Environment, but the program is now simply RISE.

So there you are, dear reader. We are grateful to our clandestine operative for showing us how the future leaders of Kentucky are being educated.

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9 responses to “Meet the Future Leaders of Kentucky

  1. Mostly, I would be OK with this as it appears to support a worthy cause and the schools are affiliated with the state of Kentucky. The 14 member board of regents have eight members appointed by the governor and six elected so they appear to be a real school system and not one of DeVos paid for profit school scams. However, I see some church state entanglement here with potentially state money being used to send students to a church sponsored event, namely Hambo’s World of BS. Even if the money is donated, the fact that it is managed by a government entity is problematic.

    Regents info found here:

  2. Michael Fugate

    I am sure this would have been a better choice:

    Then again a camping trip to any state park would make much more sense than the jaw-dropping inanity of Ham’s venues.

  3. Anything that presents reality seems to me something worth doing. ISTM that there is a decided lack of familiarity with reality in the USA.
    A friend of mine returned from jury duty. The jurors we told by three different officials that what they were experiencing was real, not a television show.

  4. @TomS: ” a decided lack of familiarity with reality”
    Which, I’,m afraid, is an unintentional side effect of the philosophical craziness called post-modernism. Compare Ol’Hambo’s Biblical lens through which he wants us to look at the empirical data.

  5. I rather doubt that post-modernism is to blame for the variety of denialism today. That is too intellectual. (I am not defending post-modernism!) A lot of it is simply a matter of money. Businesses have discovered that they can protect ther products by playing the stupid card. There are broadcasters who have found that they can attrract a gullible audience, people who are apt to believe just about anything, and thus who are easy marks for advertising. (Who wants to do the work of convincing thinking people to buy one’s product, when it is much easier to encourage stupidity?)

  6. Some budding creationists among that lot, as well as potential candidates for type 2 diabetes.

    Stupidity and gullibility are part of the human condition; they’ll continue to be with us in some form or other, in spite of whatever advances we make. And there will always be someone ready to exploit that.

    In as much as there’s been a general backlash against the Enlightenment, some aspects of post-modernist relativism have probably been useful to creationists as a big stick with which to beat science, founded as it is on notions of progress and reason, and empirical knowledge about reality.

    It’s reality itself that certain theists, obsessed with capital-T ‘truth’, seem hell-bent in waging war on.

  7. Sorry, I should have made it clearer I was responding to the bulk of @TomS’s post.

    Most of the above probably came off as little more than someone spouting cod-philosophy in a complete void.

    Come to think of it: that might be how most of my posts come off…

  8. This is what I found for R.I.S.E.; RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance. Respect. Independence [of Scotland from what would then be the Former UK]. Socialism. Environmentalism.

    SC might like this even less than he likes Ham

  9. Ken Ham, his face distorted into a mask of pure evil: “Would you like R.I.S.E. with that?”

    The Curmudgeon wakes up, screaming, covered in sweat, in terror from yet another horrible dream.