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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    My father, back in the 40's was learning Algebra, American/European History and Biology/Chemistry in Jr High. Even in the 70's weren't quite that far ahead. The standards have been going backwards, over time for the majority.
    I am a child of the 50's and the subject you mentioned were standard or normal curriculum back then.
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    There was a time when I thought as you did, then I read about Texas education and the Texas Republican plank touting keeping the votes dumbed down. Now I'm not so sure.

    Creationism in Texas public schools: Undermining the charter movement.

    Dumbing down America one child at a time - Leonard Pitts Jr. - MiamiHerald.com
    Sure, we all know about the few stats that are pushing creationism but that would not account for a 25% figure. Even if 100% of the children who were educated in a "creationist school" believed in creationism, this shouldn't cause them to be ignorant of orbits () just because of that night and day and moon thing. These orbits might be incorporated into the "created by god" story but even god has set-up an orbiting situation.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Actually, the Earth falls toward the sun due to gravity,
    while at the same moving perpendicularly to the imaginary line connecting the Earth and Sun, due to its inertia.
    A parabolic motion if you will.
    Such as a bullet fired horizontally.
    So, neglecting friction from air drag, how fast must the object be fired horizontally on Earth so that it never hits the ground ?
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Sure, we all know about the few stats that are pushing creationism but that would not account for a 25% figure. Even if 100% of the children who were educated in a "creationist school" believed in creationism, this shouldn't cause them to be ignorant of orbits () just because of that night and day and moon thing. These orbits might be incorporated into the "created by god" story but even god has set-up an orbiting situation.
    But just imagine in a state as large as Texas, how is that enough people are ignorant about creationism-reality to even allow these things? That's what worries me, not that it is suggested or wanted, but that it's allowed, which means lots of folks are either already strangely ignorant, or they just don't care about education.
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    I don't buy this.
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    So was my use of "revolve" appropriate or am I in trouble again?
    I'm sure you know it revolves in an ellipse while it rotates on an axis.
    Kepler's three laws of motion come in handy here.

    Kids have a tough time between circular and rorational motion,
    especially when the dumb-ass Math dept. doesn't believe in using Metrics or any other units.
    They wonder why they don't get the difference between the three dimensions .
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Wouldn't be surprised if most of them are Evangelicals

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    I don't buy this.

    Seriously, the earth revolves around the moon,,,errr sun!
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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

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    1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun




    I thought this article was about America prior to Galileo? Scary....
    Good example of why polls are meaningless.

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    Re: 1 in 4 Americans unaware that Earth circles Sun

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Many more people are young earth creationists. I'm happily surprised that a percentage of those are willing to admit that the earth orbits the sun.
    You feel better now that you got your religion shot in?

    BTW: you would be incorrect also.
    32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
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