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Old 01-22-2013, 05:06 AM
 
Location: Texas
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That goes a long way towards explaining their decline.

 
Old 02-01-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Exeter, NH
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Excuse me, but if you wanna start pointing fingers re: ''edu-macation'' in this country, need I mention which folks have been single-handedly waging war on teachers, professors, public schools, Pell grants, the Department of Education, ''Big Bird'', and the so-called ''educated elite''...?!!
Pouring MONEY into the school system does NOT produce better results! The Federal Government actually did a major nationwide study in the 70's, hoping to prove that it did. It came to the exact opposite conclusion, and has been squelched ever since. Guess what academic achievement actually IS correlated with? Socio-Economic class--sorry, liberals. It was NOT correlated at all with teacher pay, size of classrooms, or any other spending-related variables.

Is the prevalence of idiotic religious beliefs entirely due to our failed school system? No, not entirely: it all goes back to socio-economic class. And which class has tons of kids?

But that doesn't excuse our educational system from consuming 10 times the resources it did when I was young, and trying to graduate every single student when the only way to do that is to lower educational standards.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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That number sounds awfully, awfully low. I would've expected at least 70%.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 08:04 PM
 
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Obama refused to take a stand against the ridiculous Young Earth theory and admitted that it was possible to be true. Perhaps he was just being the sly politician that he is...he is great at saying what people want to hear.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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For such a scientifically advanced country, our general stupidity and ignorance always amazes me.
I was thinking the same thing.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 09:41 PM
 
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Obama refused to take a stand against the ridiculous Young Earth theory and admitted that it was possible to be true. Perhaps he was just being the sly politician that he is...he is great at saying what people want to hear.
Uhhh... you're going to have to provide a link if you're going to make such a silly statement like that. Not even Pat Robertson believes in a young earth!

Robertson tells Christians: Radiocarbon dating proves no dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark | The Raw Story
Pat Robertson Dispels Creationist Idea That Earth Is 6,000 Years Old (VIDEO)
 
Old 02-01-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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You can't expect too much from a country where 20 percent of the people believe the sun revolves around the earth.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 09:58 PM
 
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the universe revolves around me. so what?
 
Old 02-01-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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Unbelievable! A majority of Republicans think the earth is no more than 8,000 years old????

Little Green Footballs - Gallup Poll: 58% of Republicans Are Young Earth Creationists

...and 41% of Democrats also believe in young earth creationism and that's downright embrarrassing! How can we ever agree on anything when facts are subject to feelings and provably false beliefs?
On the other hand, 59% of democrats are dumb enough to believe it's millions of years old.
 
Old 02-01-2013, 10:08 PM
 
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Unbelievable! A majority of Republicans think the earth is no more than 8,000 years old????

[URL="http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/40435_Gallup_Poll-_58_of_Republicans_Are_Young_Earth_Creationists"]Little Green Footballs - Gallup Poll: 58% of Republicans Are Young Earth Creationists[/URL]

...and 41% of Democrats also believe in young earth creationism and that's downright embrarrassing! How can we ever agree on anything when facts are subject to feelings and provably false beliefs?
It is sad when religious mythology, i.e. fable, overcomes scientifically-collected info.
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