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American IQ

If you ever suspect there are a lot of "dumb" Americans around, perhaps it's because there are:

# The United States is 49th in the world in literacy (The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2004).

# The United States ranked 28th out of 40 countries in mathematical literacy (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004).

# One-third of our science teachers and one-half of our math teachers did not major in those subjects. (Quoted on "The West Wing," but you can trust it -- their researchers are legendary.)

# Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the Earth. Seventeen percent believe the Earth revolves around the sun once a day (The Week, Jan. 7, 2005).

# "The International Adult Literacy Survey ... found that Americans with less than nine years of education 'score worse than virtually all of the other countries'" (Jeremy Rifkin's superbly documented book The European Dream: How Europe's Vision of the Future Is Quietly Eclipsing the American Dream, p.78).

# Our workers are so ignorant, and lack so many basic skills, that American businesses spend $30 billion a year on remedial training (NYT, Dec. 12, 2004). No wonder they relocate elsewhere!

Twenty percent of Americans think the sun orbits the earth? Suddenly some of the opinion poll findings I see make more sense.

Read the whole piece to see why America may not "Number 1" anymore:

No. 1? In most important categories we're not even in the Top 10 anymore. Not even close.

The USA is "No. 1" in nothing but weaponry, consumer spending, debt, and delusion.

Indeed.


Comments

Ken
March 5, 2005 1:07 PM

30599

This helps explain the phenomenal sales of the Ionic Breeze and any fat blocker pill you care to name.

It also shows why network television is able to sell the sleaze they call "must see TV".

Look at an entire generation of our kids who can only use one hand because the other one is constantly needed to keep their pants from falling down around their ankles.

Look at what Americans just re-elected to the most powerful office in the world.

Sibbot
September 15, 2005 9:49 AM

41979

I wonder where is the statistics on european intelligence with non a bias way of explaining the issue? You people will never learn if you continue to make bias comments without at least comparing the comments you made with other comments or at least make more non bias opinions. I knowm that this a free speech zone and you make whatever comments you like but please please im begging you to not be bias on any topic.