Christopher Mims, an editor at Scientific American, has weighed in on recent news that Americans outdo the Japanese and Europeans in terms of scientific literacy even as they lag in other indicators on general science knowledge (e.g. international student tests).
In his interesting and balanced blog piece, he quotes several sources in his analysis of how rates of scientific literacy compare with rates of belief in evolution in the US.

The original article that reports the findings that inspired his review also includes some other interesting points, chief among which is the belief in pseudoscience. It was noted in the article that

Pseudoscience discussion is often absent from the classroom, (Losh said,) so “we have basically left it up to the media.”

It seems that this is true in our classsrooms too. How do you think this can influence beliefs in such ideas?

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