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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