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Here is a thirteen-question quiz designed to rank your bare-minimum science understanding. Take it and then shudder in shock at the test results among Americans.

Then it becomes clear how something like this can even be a thing.

I mean, really, Congress? You want the National Science Foundation to fund no research unless it strikes you as "groundbreaking"? Hell, I have a 30-year-old degree in French, FFS, and even I understand science better than that.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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cattraine
Apr. 30th, 2013 06:24 am (UTC)
Part of the problem now is that many teachers are forced to spend most of their time trying to get the kids to act like civilized human beings instead of being able to teach. I spent most of the time in the public high school school library I worked at babysitting problem kids rather then teaching then about how to use the library. It did not help that most of the computers and books were so outdated they were useless.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 30th, 2013 06:33 am (UTC)
I don't think I read the Pew results as an indictment of current education so much as the overall failure of American curiosity and self-education.

That's undoubtedly my personal bias. I had virtually NO science education, and my ability to answer all those questions arises from a general interest in What's Going On In The World. I think maybe I might have learned in high school that the earth's atmosphere is predominantly nitrogen, but almost all the rest of the answers I learned from independent Paying Attention. Thank you, Internet.

Which is not to say that American public school teachers don't have a hell of a hard row to hoe. It's frightening to think how fast we're plunging downhill as a nation because we stopped valuing education.

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