I was reading an article about science education in the United State and read some statistics that really surprised me.


 


18% of American adults believe the sun revolves around the earth and 3% are unsure.


32% of American adults believe astrology is either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific".


28% of science teachers stick to National Research Council guidelines when teaching evolution.


13% of teachers "explicitly advocate creationism or intelligent design".


66% of 4th graders and 79% of 12th graders scored below the proficient level in 2009 on the "Nation's Report Card".


 


The article also points out that if someone graduates college without learning Shakespeare or philosophy or music it's looked down upon. But if someone graduates without one math class it's considered ok since "math is hard".


 


Unfortunately I cannot post a link to the article since it is not available online, but it is the article "What happened to science education?".


http://www.astronomy.com/en/Magazine/Current%20Issue.aspx

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Comment by Mallory on July 12, 2011 at 11:53am
I take mild offense to the idea that music isn't as demanding as math. Anyone who has ever taken a music theory class knows this. The two are so interwined, it's ridiculous to say that music is somehow 'easier' than math. I've taken math classes that look like 2nd grade subtraction problems compared to my music theory classes. It has always irked me that science and math get more respect than music. Take a music class on 16th century counterpoint, or Shenkarian analysis. Then we'll talk.

I do see the problem with what the numbers represent though. They are very sad indeed. I don't understand why science is always the one that people don't trust or believe when it's proven itself over and over.

Please note I am not attacking you, since you seem to be only reporting what you've read.
Comment by Raven on July 12, 2011 at 1:15pm
The article wasn't saying that music is easier than math. It is commenting on the fact that society perceives math and science as "hard" compared to other subjects.
Comment by Mallory on July 12, 2011 at 1:23pm
Which is insulting to all subjects.

Sorry for getting on a soapbox there, but it's an open nerve with me, lol. Math, science, music... When you get to an advanced enough level, they're all on equal 'difficulty' grounds. I'd go so far as to say that even starting out in any of those subjects (any many others!) is equally difficult.
Comment by Kairan Nierde on July 12, 2011 at 9:59pm
I feel like I was cheated out of a basic education in the sciences and only got a passing education in math.  A vast field of information is completely off limits to me and my lack of skills/background are keeping me from pursuing my career goals.  I'm really angry about it.  What can I do as a college grad? 
Comment by Kairan Nierde on July 12, 2011 at 10:00pm
*I mean, but what can I do about it, at this point though, having already finished school...

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