I spent much of Sunday examining the education system in this country and came across NSF’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 report. Most alarming is the scientific literacy section based on data from the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. Moreover, if the examination methods were reasonable, I’m extremely troubled by the ladies’ overall performance. Therefore, I plan to spend this week exploring the disparity that leaves me speechless. So kicking off Monday, let’s it started…
Correct answers to scientific literacy questions, by sex: 2006
The center of the Earth is very hot. (True)
Electrons are smaller than atoms. (True)
How long does it take for the Earth to go around the Sun? (One year)
* yes [sigh], over half of female respondents answered incorrectly
With more women earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the biological and agricultural sciences than men these days, do readers chalk up the gender difference to a time lag or what?