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(Metro)   One in ten children do not realize they live on planet Earth, says research pulled from Uranus   (metro.co.uk) divider line 93
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2014-04-03 11:00:02 AM  
Obviously teachers deserve raises.
 
2014-04-03 11:06:30 AM  
Firstly you gotta account for kids making joke answers, and secondly you gotta account for the fact that this was a study done by someone who wants publicity for a theme park.
 
2014-04-03 11:51:36 AM  
And when they grow up get older they join the Tea Party
 
2014-04-03 11:58:00 AM  
While 88 per cent said Earth is where they are from - some believed they lived on Saturn or Mars.

A 12% dumbass ratio actually isn't that bad.
 
2014-04-03 12:45:48 PM  
Perhaps they are including people that live in rainforests and have no idea abou such things as planets.
 
2014-04-03 12:46:02 PM  

OnlyM3: Obviously teachers deserve raises.


Maybe if we offered a decent wage for teachers, we'd get a higher caliber of applicants.
 
2014-04-03 12:47:22 PM  
That joke was stupid, so they changed it to Urectum.
 
2014-04-03 12:47:30 PM  
Stunning lack of age range from this reporter indicates he, too, lives on Mars.

If this was a survey of 3 year-olds I wouldn't be all that surprised.
 
2014-04-03 12:47:38 PM  
Have they got an age range on this?

A 17-year-old who doesn't know what planet they're on is a bit more worrisome than a 3-month-old not knowing.
 
2014-04-03 12:48:17 PM  
Some children think they live on another planet, possibly, where cattle and aliens hang out together (Picture: File)

Someone saw the word planet in the headline and just jumped at the thought of being able to use that picture of an alien next to a cow they'd been saving.
 
2014-04-03 12:48:45 PM  
Don't worry, these children actually live in Jesusland with the rest of their anti-science teachers.
 
2014-04-03 12:48:47 PM  

lepidoptera: Stunning lack of age range from this reporter indicates he, too, lives on Mars.

If this was a survey of 3 year-olds I wouldn't be all that surprised.


Eight seconds. Damn.
 
2014-04-03 12:49:25 PM  
there are more people on Facebook than there are trees on planet earth

i.crackedcdn.com
 
2014-04-03 12:51:13 PM  
fark. Apparently there was an age range.

I guess I belong on Mars.

(6- 10)
 
2014-04-03 12:51:29 PM  
according to an Alton Towers Resort poll of 500 six- to ten-year-olds

I'm guessing this is the age range.

/duran duran
 
2014-04-03 12:51:55 PM  
If you want an afternoon of fun, go find a 5 year old and try to explain the concept of cities and suburbs, and how they relate to states. It's like an Abbott and Costello routine:

"We live in Wichita."
"Yes. Well, technically Andover. It's a city near Wichita."
"But not Kansas."
"No, we do live in Kansas. Kansas is the state we live in."
"And we drive to Grannies in Wichita, next to Andover."
"No, Granny lives in Canton."
"Canton is next to Kansas."
"No, Canton is in Kansas. We all live in Kansas, and then we live in different cities."
"Granny lives in Canton."
"Right."
"And we live in Andover."
"Right."
"And we both live in Kansas City."
"You know what, how about some Frozen music?"
 
2014-04-03 12:53:45 PM  

timujin: OnlyM3: Obviously teachers deserve raises.

Maybe if we offered a decent wage for teachers, we'd get a higher caliber of applicants.


Yeah, a higher caliber of applicants like what we get for our well-paid administration positions.
 
2014-04-03 12:53:46 PM  
I can actually believe this-quick CSS story

My niece is 7, and argued with me that Ohio is not a state, it is a city, and that I was a total dumbfark.   Fed up, I said "What the fark are they teaching you in school??"....answer: "How to color unicorns!!"
 
2014-04-03 12:54:00 PM  
I'm not even a kid but if I were asked in a survey "what planet do we live on?" I would give a bullsquit answer too!

Most of these X% of people don't know a well known fact statistics are not considering people giving deliberately wrong answers.

Pay people for correct answers and I think you will find much closer to 100% know we live on earth.
 
2014-04-03 12:54:03 PM  
Already went through all the planets with my 6 year old. Last month she came home from school and had been in a fight with another child who had claimed there was no such thing as desert foxes. Yesterday they sang a song about rainbows and the teacher told me my kid was objecting to the abscence of indigo and violet because they had been lumped together as purple.

Teach your child science early and you'll find they're arguing with people.
 
2014-04-03 12:55:58 PM  
Well, I went to a public college and even I know that I live on potato.
 
2014-04-03 12:55:59 PM  
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2014-04-03 12:58:12 PM  

kid_icarus: While 88 per cent said Earth is where they are from - some believed they lived on Saturn or Mars.

A 12% dumbass ratio actually isn't that bad.


Well, that 12% includes whoever wrote that sentence.
 
2014-04-03 12:58:13 PM  

Oldiron_79: That joke was stupid, so they changed it to Urectum.


Urectum?

/damn near killed em
 
2014-04-03 12:58:21 PM  

kid_icarus: While 88 per cent said Earth is where they are from - some believed they lived on Saturn or Mars.

A 12% dumbass ratio actually isn't that bad.


It's certainlty better than the Fark population.
 
2014-04-03 12:58:23 PM  
Two words:  home schooling.

At least one in ten Christians and miscellaneous other religionists refuse to believe that the Earth IS a planet, so this comes as no surprise.

What kind of theme park was this? Bible? Waterworld? Idiocracy the theme park experience?
 
2014-04-03 12:58:36 PM  
The same proportion do not know a triangle has three sides, with four per cent saying it has two.

wut

And while youngsters can recognise celebrities such as David Beckham and Simon Cowell, four in ten cannot identify an avocado, according to an Alton Towers Resort poll of 500 six- to ten-year-olds.

I was recently informed that knowing the difference between various fruits and vegetables is a sign of white privilege, because many non-white children do not eat fruits or vegetables, as they cannot afford them.
 
2014-04-03 12:58:58 PM  

FunkOut: Already went through all the planets with my 6 year old. Last month she came home from school and had been in a fight with another child who had claimed there was no such thing as desert foxes. Yesterday they sang a song about rainbows and the teacher told me my kid was objecting to the abscence of indigo and violet because they had been lumped together as purple.

Teach your child science early and you'll find they're arguing with people.


Better teach them karate, too, in that case.
 
2014-04-03 12:59:12 PM  
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders were from Mars, Chocolate Thunder was from the planet Lovetron, and all of these kids can count to potato.
 
2014-04-03 12:59:32 PM  
A science teacher was lamenting that fact that not all of her students knew the Earth revolved around the sun.

The art teacher replied "Well, don't feel bad, most of my students think the World revolves around them."
 
2014-04-03 01:00:30 PM  

Miracle Whip: I can actually believe this-quick CSS story

My niece is 7, and argued with me that Ohio is not a state, it is a city, and that I was a total dumbfark.   Fed up, I said "What the fark are they teaching you in school??"....answer: "How to color unicorns!!"


This is why I can't be a parent. There'd be punishment for the annoyance and just ignorance of that. You're wrong, quit arguing you little shiat.
 
2014-04-03 01:00:37 PM  

Facetious_Speciest: The same proportion do not know a triangle has three sides, with four per cent saying it has two.

wut


I suppose if the kids have been playing with those thin plastic cut-outs of shapes, they may think they have two sides (front and back). Who knows.
 
2014-04-03 01:01:58 PM  
Does this mean we can deport them subby?
 
2014-04-03 01:02:21 PM  
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2014-04-03 01:04:25 PM  

busy chillin': A science teacher was lamenting that fact that not all of her students knew the Earth revolved around the sun.

The art teacher replied "Well, don't feel bad, most of my students think the World revolves around them."


My junior year of high school we wasted ten minutes waiting on a kid who didn't feel like answering and didn't seem to realize the teacher wouldn't accept no answer. She eventually goaded him. "The sun is aaaaaa... What? What is the sun?"
No joke, I think he thought he was right. A couple other classmates sure did.
"A comet?"
I couldn't take it. I wanted to hit him.
 
2014-04-03 01:05:32 PM  

Slaxl: Firstly you gotta account for kids making joke answers, and secondly you gotta account for the fact that this was a study done by someone who wants publicity for a theme park.


Yup.  A bunch of 6 year olds who do NOT like being talked down to.

"So what planet do you live on, Bobby?"

"Your mother, asshole."
 
2014-04-03 01:06:25 PM  
So will Alton Towers Resort offer The Cretin's Discount?
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-04-03 01:06:50 PM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com

"Bah, bah bah... b-bah bah ba-bah..."

//too obscure?
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-04-03 01:08:56 PM  

zarker: Miracle Whip: I can actually believe this-quick CSS story

My niece is 7, and argued with me that Ohio is not a state, it is a city, and that I was a total dumbfark.   Fed up, I said "What the fark are they teaching you in school??"....answer: "How to color unicorns!!"

This is why I can't be a parent. There'd be punishment for the annoyance and just ignorance of that. You're wrong, quit arguing you little shiat.


Yeah, unfortunately that's not new.  I had a classmate that argued quite a long while that Chicago was a country.  This was during the 1980s.  It gets worse.
 
2014-04-03 01:09:21 PM  
timujin [TotalFark]
OnlyM3: Obviously teachers deserve raises.

Maybe if we offered a decent wage for teachers, we'd get a higher caliber of applicants.

How much teachers get paid - state by state 50-75k a year. Not bad for not having to produce a functional product.


Query, how is your theory working with CEO's and politicians ?
 
2014-04-03 01:09:44 PM  
Age range 6-10?

No information on the spread across ages, but I certainly could see me as a smart assed 10 year old thinking "you're going to ask me some dumbshiat question like what planet do I think I live on?  Yeah, fark you, here's an answer:  Saturn"

So enough smart assed 9-10 year olds, sure 1 in 10 works for me.
 
2014-04-03 01:10:26 PM  

kvinesknows: there are more people on Facebook than there are trees on planet earth

[i.crackedcdn.com image 610x599]


It's too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about.
 
2014-04-03 01:10:28 PM  

brantgoose: Two words:  home schooling.

At least one in ten Christians and miscellaneous other religionists refuse to believe that the Earth IS a planet, so this comes as no surprise.

What kind of theme park was this? Bible? Waterworld? Idiocracy the theme park experience?


Just go outside, and it's all around you.
 
2014-04-03 01:12:36 PM  

OnlyM3: timujin [TotalFark]
OnlyM3: Obviously teachers deserve raises.

Maybe if we offered a decent wage for teachers, we'd get a higher caliber of applicants.
How much teachers get paid - state by state 50-75k a year. Not bad for not having to produce a functional product.


Query, how is your theory working with CEO's and politicians ?


You're right. Teachers should all just volunteer their time and effort.
 
2014-04-03 01:12:45 PM  

d23: I had a classmate that argued quite a long while that Chicago was a country. This was during the 1980s. It gets worse.

CSB
I had a teacher who accidentally called Hawaii a peninsula, and when I corrected her to "island" she got the rest of the class to mock me because the teacher is always right. Then she picked up her book and read out "the Hawaiian Islands. . . oh, of course I meant island."

I learned something that day. Wonder if the other kids did, too.

/CSB
 
2014-04-03 01:13:10 PM  
Illiteracy? In my anus?
 
2014-04-03 01:14:20 PM  
When my family first came to this planet, I had some difficulty adjusting. I still wake up some days and think I'm on my home planet, (not even the same galaxy!) but after a while you realize that sentient bipedal beings are all kind of the same wherever you go..
 
2014-04-03 01:16:18 PM  
That article was horribly written.
"While 88 per cent said Earth is where they are from - some believed they lived on Saturn or Mars."
That is not how you say "While a majority of children said they lived on Earth, 12 per cent claimed they lived on Mars or Saturn."
I mean, really? Who the hell wrote this article, a trained monkey? How do you write a sentence that badly? Do you have to make a deliberate effort?
 
2014-04-03 01:16:24 PM  
My daughter doesn't know what planet we live on.

Of course, she's four months old, so I'm okay with that.

/she has recently discovered that having her chin tickled is hilarious
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-04-03 01:18:18 PM  

YixilTesiphon: My daughter doesn't know what planet we live on.

Of course, she's four months old, so I'm okay with that.

/she has recently discovered that having her chin tickled is hilarious


If I remember child development correctly, I think she also thinks you have stopped existing when you leave the room.  This can be excused...
 
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