Remember the chart that placed America just above Turkey and just below everyone else when it came to acceptance of evolution?
(Miller JD, Scott EC, Okamoto S (2006) Public acceptance of evolution. Science 313:765-766.)
Well, the Programme for International Student Assessment survey was just released. The PISA survey is “the most comprehensive and rigorous international yardstick of secondary-school students’ attainments.”
[The survey] tested students on how much they knew about science and their ability to use scientific knowledge and understanding to identify and address questions and resolve problems in daily life. It also examined student performance in reading and mathematics, and collected data on the student, family and institutional factors that can help explain differences in performance.
The US is nowhere near the top.
The 15-year-olds have failed us.
And the adults who have opposed proper science education in our schools have failed them.
I know the picture isn’t the most clear thing you’ve ever seen… so check out the full results (PDF) here.
We’re just under Latvia… and just above the Slovak Republic.
Victory is ours.
In case you’re wondering why we’re in the green, here’s what the color means:
Statistically significantly below the [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] average
We have such a long way to go…
(Thank to Laramie for the link!)
[tags]atheist, atheism, science, education[/tags]