Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1 in 4 Americans Think Sun Moves Around Earth

Sometimes it amazes me how science illiterate Americans have become.  A survey of 2,200 people in the U.S. showed that 25% of respondents thought that the Sun moves around the Earth, as opposed to the heliocentric, and correct, explanation of the Earth moving around the Sun.  Seriously?  Seriously????  I know you can never get 100% of people to know the science, but something as basic as the Earth moving around the Sun should receive a higher than 75% correct rate.  Sigh.  I know I shouldn't be surprised.  After all, there's a Flat Earth Society that still believes in a flat Earth.

Don't let your kids be science illiterate.  Provide them with science learning opportunities.  Talk to them about their science classes.  Find science experiments to do as a family.  Expose them to science and your kids will grow up with a high level of science literacy.

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