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Thanks. It works. These Pew quizzes are only ridiculous. According to them I'm an all-round genius expert. I did one on religion: 100% Now the same with science. Something must be seriously wrong with American education if these quizzes are really a challenge for the average American?
" Something must be seriously wrong with American education if these quizzes are really a challenge for the average American?"This quiz reflects the fact that American high school students and graduates rank internationally:15th in reading literacy24th in mathematics literacy21st in scientific literacythis quiz also tells you why our ability to compete for 21st century jobs is in big trouble.Only 30% of kids who graduate these days are classified as "proficient" in basic academic disciplines accord to NAEP and PISA.The average American has no clue how important technologies like cellular networks or GPS technology works much less would be able to qualify to work for a company involved in those technologies.Worse, we spend as much as twice as much per kid than the countries who best us in the math and science assessments.our ability to effectly compete in the future is in serious doubt.
100% again. I want my SuperMegaUltraGenius card stamped again. Two more and it's a free small Frosty at Wendy's!
OK, I got 10 out of 12. I over thought mold on Mars being an indicator of water.I was absolutely wrong on the premise that anti-biotics can kill bacteria as well as viruses. Anti-viruses can help stop the spread of a virus; anti-biotics don't kill a virus.A virus (capsule of protein) infects a living cell and cannot reproduce on its own. Bacteria are independent one-celled organisms that live on their own. Independence of bacteria vs. inter-dependence of virus.
Oh boy! Liberal arts majors do science and as usual miss the point. No wonder so many people think solar et al is our salvation. This is a current events test not a science test.
Ok, so where are the "people are smarter than you think, Jason" apologists after seeing the scores on this farce of a science quiz?
12/12! not bad!
As usual, a Popular Science magazine afficionado does a supposedly tough science quiz. One question, the one about most scientists and carbon dioxide, is certainly in dispute. He is obviously not aware of the Heinlein quote - "most 'scientist' are bottle washers ans button sorters".The one about the electron and the atom is clearly ambiguous. It asks which is "bigger". Does he mean mass or physical extent? Opposite answers don't you know.
"Does he mean mass or physical extent? Opposite answers don't you know."um, no.name an atom that does not have an electron.every atom is larger in extent as well as mass.even hydrogen is everyhting an electron is + a proton.
Wohoo, 100% on this and on the economic literacy test in the other post. But one really should nail these things. They're too easy, I think, for people that paid attention in school and read the news as adults.
That was depressing. A college drop-out like me scored perfect. Good thing it was a grammar quiz.
You just want to know how smart your readers are. 12/12. Sad that that's the top decile.
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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.
Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University near Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In addition to a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan-Flint, Perry is also a visiting scholar at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
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