A survey, conducted by the National Science Foundation, found that 1 in 4 Americans believe that the sun revolves around the Earth.
Also, less than half of Americans know that humans evolved from other species of animals.
These numbers are shocking. They may be an indication of the failure of science instruction in America (though I tend to believe that people who lack this level of basic understanding suffer from personal accountability issues rather than failures in instruction).
Regardless of the cause, I like to look at the bright side of things:
With so many uninformed and possibly stupid people in America, it will be that much easier for my children (and even my students) to find jobs in their chosen fields.
As long as they don’t end up like the morons who responded to this survey (and I’ll make sure of that), they should do well in the job market.
More good news from the study:
Only 66 percent of European Union residents knew that the Earth revolves around the sun.
National pride restored!
Not to mention an entire continent filled with people even less informed than Americans. In today’s global economy, more good news for the well informed.