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?".