An educated population is one of the most–perhaps THE most important–resource any country has. The disturbing news is that many Americans don’t know the most basic facts of the world around them, literally. According to a study by the National Science Foundation,
A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.
The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.
To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.
In the same survey, just 39 percent answered correctly (true) that “The universe began with a huge explosion” and only 48 percent said “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”
Just over half understood that antibiotics are not effective against viruses.
We need to wake up to the fact that ours is an increasingly uneducated populace. And while this might not seem like a big deal to some (hey, 75% got it right!), the truth is that the less educated the population, the more easily they can be controlled without question by big media and lying politicians. It also means that critical thinking (already in short supply), is an increasingly rare commodity.