On the Most Basic Astronomy Question of All, 1 in 4 Americans Fail February 16, 2014

On the Most Basic Astronomy Question of All, 1 in 4 Americans Fail

Oh for crying out loud. Sorry, Galileo.

A quarter of Americans surveyed could not correctly answer that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, according to a report out Friday from the National Science Foundation.

The survey of 2,200 people in the United States was conducted by the NSF in 2012 and released on Friday at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Chicago.

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.

We Americans must look like fools in the eyes of of the much better educated Europeans.

Oh, wait

Only 66 percent of people in a 2005 European Union poll answered the basic astronomy answer correctly.

Awright! Let the chanting begin!

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