Reader’s Digest also published:
- 20 percent of Americans think that the sun revolves around the earth.
- Less than half (47 percent) of Americans don’t know how long it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun.
- Only 59 percent of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
What are the three branches of government?
Name at least two members of the supreme court.
Point to Louisiana on a map?
The majority of Americans—three in four—identify Larry, Curly and Moe as the Three Stooges. That’s certainly understandable. But only two out of five respondents can correctly identify the executive, legislative, and judicial as the three branches of government.
More than three quarters of Americans can name at least two of the seven dwarfs, while less than a quarter can name two members of the Supreme Court.
Less than six months after Hurricane Katrina, one third of those surveyed couldn’t point to Louisiana on a map.
Really? And I thought Jay-Walking was a set-up.
Read in the paper this morning that a school district in Maine is giving iPads to each enrolling kindergartner. Yes, that’s kindergartner. They’re getting the $700 models. I think I’ll go back to school.
No wonder the cost per student in the US is around 10 grand each.
“According to the College Board’s Trends in College Pricing 2010, the average cost of undergraduate education at an in-state, four-year, public institution was $16,140 — a 6.1-percent increase from 2009.”
Wow! Who can afford that? No wonder students rack up thousands in debt.
“America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.” –Evan Esar, American Humorist (1899 – 1995)