Americans can’t answer rudimentary science questions

The results of a survey commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences reveals that Americans don’t know a whole lot about science.

– Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.
– Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
– Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth’s surface that is covered with water.*
– Only 21% of adults answered all three questions correctly.

I bet this got cumulatively 0 seconds of coverage on the major “news” networks, if that.  But beyond being newsworthy, this also shines a light on education and American’s cultural desire to not value intelligence.  This is just startling.

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