“Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth?”
It may seem like a silly question, but a recent survey showed just how many people believe the sun revolves around the earth.
A survey of 2,200 people that was released Friday revealed the state of education across the country, with many failing to an answer even the most basic astronomy and science questions.
A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to the report.
According to the survey, more than 90 percent of Americans think scientists are “helping to solve challenging problems” and are “dedicated people who work for the good of humanity.”
“It’s important for Americans to maintain a high regard for science and scientists,” said Besley, who also is the Ellis N. Brandt Chair in Public Relations. “It can help ensure funding and help attract future scientists.”
To the question “Does the Earth go around the Sun, or does the Sun go around the Earth,” 26 percent of those surveyed answered incorrectly.
As alarming as some of those deficits in science knowledge might appear, Americans fared better on several of the questions than similar, but older surveys of their Chinese and European counterparts.
Only 66 percent of people in a 2005 European Union poll answered the astronomy answer correctly.
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