Saturday, February 20, 2010

Who Says The American Education System Is Second Rate?

The Texas Tribune asked 800 registered voters their views regarding evolution.

Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and more than half disagree with the theory that humans developed from earlier species of animals....

You can read the entire survey here (PDF). And there's a crosstab showing which candidate for governor the survey respondents support here (PDF).

Apparently the purpose of the survey was to help determine the effect of religion on politics and politics on religion and show which respondents support which candidates running for governor.

However, I think it's more notable that these are presumably educated adults. 98% of the respondents have at least a high school education and only 41% disagree with the statement that humans lived with dinosaurs.


Anonymous said...

Well, Gary Larson had dinosaurs and humans living together so it must be true.

Sherry said...

My kids' principal said he recently got a call from a parent asking if the school taught "old world" or "new world." The parent's first grader had recently received a "0" on a report he did about dinosaurs in which he referred to some date in the past--long before that school's officially recognized date of creation about 6000 years ago. Their school teaches "new."