1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth orbits the Sun

Vyralize: In a recent survey conducted by the National Science Foundation, they found that an average of 1 in 4 Americans do not know that Earth orbits the Sun.

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1Victor2801d ago (Edited 2801d ago )

everyone knows the sun orbit around the U.S duhh /jk

thorstein2801d ago

Actually, the earth does. The axis of the earth is really around Texas.

Lulz. But I would really love some peer review on this one. I would like them to ask 2200 people per state, then post those results.

I guarantee the Northern States will have a much higher percentage of people who know the Earth orbits the sun.

SilentNegotiator2801d ago (Edited 2801d ago )

Meanwhile, the US did better than most regions on most of the questions.

But focusing on Americans will of course get more hits.

sonic9892801d ago

well the earth moves up and down around the sun which could be considered orbiting and the sun it self isnt stationary it moves at high speeds around the center of the galaxy .

SilentNegotiator2801d ago

Yeah, unfortunately our failed system of education seems to have gotten us overall better scores than most regions.

Paulie_gualtieri2800d ago

Most regions? Such as Syria? Africa? Tailand? Mexico?

Don't set the bar too high or anything..

SilentNegotiator2800d ago (Edited 2800d ago )

The US did better than EU on many of the questions and were very close on most of the few it did worse on.

ajax172801d ago (Edited 2801d ago )

This sounds like something the Onion would write! This is crazy.

Oh wait, 1 in 3 Europeans? Who are the idiots now!?

Speed-Racer2801d ago

Hard to generalize Europeans though. When you look at Germany vs. Spain vs. Poland vs. Bosnia, their level of education vary somewhat dramatically depending on where you go. However I think the US, there is a bit more balance even though you can have differences from state to state depending on culture, religion, etc. Don't get me wrong, not trying to downplay America scoring better here, but I suspect some of those European countries are skewing the score. Maybe something like USA vs UK or a selection of the more powerful European states.

ajax172801d ago

Yeah, I got a little too excited, lol. And it is quite a sensationalist claim to say that 1 in 4 Americans and 1 in 3 Europeans think that when their total sample size is only 2,200 people.

Speed-Racer2801d ago (Edited 2801d ago )

I guess they know what they're doing LOL. But it's the NSF so who knows. Shame they didn't publish their methodology though. Would be interesting to see how they came about with such results from such a small sample. If it's going up for review by Obama and lawmakers, guess they can't f*** up too much given that they actually made the claim (pg. 24 of the review).

thorstein2801d ago (Edited 2801d ago )

Hard to generalize anyone really. But, as with Europe, the States shouldn't be measured "as one." You wouldn't pull down the educational ranking of Finland based on the education in Spain.

The Ed system in the USA is similar: For example, states in the North (like New York) require their teachers to obtain Masters Degrees. They also spend more on education and if they were ranked against the world, you would find most of the Northeastern States right up there with the global leaders.

Unfortunately, we are all dogpiled into one ranking. This simply should not be. See, state school boards in Mississippi voted to eliminate decimals and fractions from their math curriculum. Texas passed resolutions to eliminate Thomas Jefferson from social studies texts (along with the word: democracy.)

So, while I agree that you can't generalize Europeans, please understand that the US ed system is grossly unbalanced with the Southeastern USA being amongst the most ignorant peoples.

So, while the best education is found in Finland (1) and Germany (2) the next best educational systems are Connecticut (3) and New York (4).

Mississippi ends up dead last.

yezz2801d ago

Well I must say that having the best education in the world has not cured stupidity at least here in Finland. So much ignorance.. but fortunately there is also intelligence out there :)

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SniperControl2801d ago

It is a crazy state to be in, last year a survey was done on 18 - 25 years in the UK, something like 40% did not know who there prime minister was, I think around 12% did not know that London was there capital city, another crazy stat was that some young people thought Prince William was king!!

These people are gonna be running the country in 20 years time, Jesus, god help us.

yezz2801d ago

These people are not going to run any country in 20 years. More intelligent people are. Every generation has loads of stupid people..

smashcrashbash2801d ago

I wouldn't be surprised.This gen lives in a sea of ignorance.Many people can't even spell words properly or put together sentences.

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