Kathy Cox is Smarter Than a Fifth Grader

For the Georgia Schools Chief, Geography and History Pay Off
by Sara Rimer, NY Times 

The Georgia state school superintendent, Kathy Cox, won $1 million last Friday on the Fox game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” and said Monday that “the primary beneficiary of the money” would be two state schools for the deaf and one for the blind.

“These kids, it’s very hard for them sometimes to have the resources to participate in a lot of extracurricular activities and do a lot of the regular things elementary and high school kids do,” Ms. Cox said in a telephone interview.

On the show, which was recorded on Aug. 6 in Los Angeles, Ms. Cox, a former high school history teacher, correctly answered 10 questions, all of which were drawn from elementary school curriculums. That took her to the million-dollar question: Who was the longest-reigning British monarch? She answered Queen Victoria.

The toughest question, Ms. Cox said, was the sixth, which drew on fourth-grade world geography: Costa Rica borders two countries. Nicaragua is one. What is the other? She answered Panama.

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