Date: Jul 18, 2013 2:46 PM
Author: Jerry P. Becker
Subject: Science survey in Australia

For your information, from Jonathan Crabtree, on the math-teach
listserve, Wednesday, Jully 17, 2013.
In news just in, research reveals Aussies are becoming more ignorant
of basic science facts -- see

*39% know that 70% of the Earth's surface is under water
*59% of all respondents know the Earth takes one year to orbit the sun
*70% know that evolution is currently occurring
*73% know people are influencing the evolution of other species
*73% know that the earliest humans did not live at the same time as dinosaurs
*79% say science education is very important or absolutely essential
to the economy

I wonder if more than 59 percent of Americans know it takes a year
for the Earth to orbit the sun?

Is it true? Is Google replacing the need to know stuff?

And this from a country that legislated our schools will be in the
world's top five by 2025.

Somehow I can't believe Australia can displace either; Singapore,
Taiwan, Finland, China, or Japan.

So how long does it takes the earth to orbit the sun?

Did people live alongside dinosaurs?

Who cares! Just Google it!

Jerry P. Becker
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