Should Math be Taught in Schools?
June 28, 2011
If you saw, and were properly horrified by, the recent vid interviews with Miss USA contestants answering the question ‘Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools?” (a discouraging number said no ) — you’ll appreciate this spoof.
(fortunately- in the real-world contest, a ‘Huge Science geek” – Miss California – won the contest.)
Meanwhile, in real life – Fox News continues to insist that reality is like, an elective, dude.
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace criticized a University of Maryland study which indicated that Fox News viewers are more misinformed than the consumers of other news media. Wallace said the study labeled those who “questioned whether climate change is occurring” as misinformed, and suggested that doing so would be improper.
The study actually asked, “Do you think that MOST SCIENTISTS believe that” 1) Climate change is occurring, 2) Views are evenly divided or 3) Climate change is not occurring. Noting that the correct answer is that most scientists believe that climate change is occurring, the study found that of those who said they watched Fox News “almost every day,” 60 percent got it wrong — significantly higher than the consumers of other news sources.
A Stanford University study similarly found that “more exposure to Fox News was associated with more rejection of many mainstream scientists’ claims about global warming, [and] with less trust in scientists.”
It is a fact that climate change is occurring, and anthropogenic global warming is so well-supported in peer-reviewed research that, as the Maryland study notes, the United States’ National Academy of Sciences and “97% of self-identifying actively publishing climate scientists agree” that it is occurring.