Way back in February I wrote about some depressing statistics
. In a nutshell, fully one third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Today, I've found some more depressing statistics that seem at least tangentially related:
One in five Americans believe that the Sun revolves around the Earth
. Not only that, but fewer than 33% know that DNA plays a role in heredity, and only 10% know what radiation is. Most American don't know what a cell is.
In addition to being a complete disaster when we're expecting people to understand things like the relative merits of nuclear power, 'irradiated' milk, and stem cell research, this is obviously a complete failure in our education system. What we need, is some way of encouraging people to actually want
to learn. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to do that. Clearly we need to put more thought into the way our education system is working beyond the fairly inconsequential concerns of public vs. private and standardized test scores.