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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 01:18:59 PM  

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

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I thought there was a Saturn in Georgia. Might have been looking in wrong Georgia.
 
2014-04-03 01:19:20 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.


Militant Intellectuals, probably atheist too. Just dumb it down or she will never make it as a wage slave.
 
2014-04-03 01:20:02 PM  
How was the question presented? If they showed the children a picture of the solar system and asked which planet they lived on, then I could easily see 12% of answers being wrong. Of all planets Saturn isn't one that is mentioned so often that children would think they lived there. And all children know Mars is where the aliens come from.
 
2014-04-03 01:22:04 PM  

d23: 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...


She's damn happy when I start existing again, though. That feels amazing.
 
2014-04-03 01:23:10 PM  
It should be required that museums like the intelligent design/creationist museum is for 'entertainment purposes only"
 
2014-04-03 01:24:12 PM  

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


$45k starting wage for working 50% of the days in the year isn't good enough?  Stats coming from my local school district, your results may vary.
 
2014-04-03 01:26:30 PM  
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2014-04-03 01:09:44 PM
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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.

Ahhh, so this survey is the result of a bunch of kids pranking the pollsters and american kid are not really being left in the dust.

//at least when a democrat is in the white house. When that changes you'll be back to blaming the president for the crappy education system and not defending it as a "prank"
 
2014-04-03 01:27:37 PM  
Maybe the 12% is a result of insufficient / improper sampling size.  E.g., maybe these folks were surveyed:


img.fark.netMaybe it's a result of too small a sample, e.g., they surveyed this family:
 
2014-04-03 01:30:03 PM  

OnlyM3: Satan's Bunny Slippers [TotalFark]
2014-04-03 01:09:44 PM
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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.
Ahhh, so this survey is the result of a bunch of kids pranking the pollsters and american kid are not really being left in the dust.

//at least when a democrat is in the white house. When that changes you'll be back to blaming the president for the crappy education system and not defending it as a "prank"


Because nothing says "American!" like an article on metro.co.uk with the sentence "while youngsters can recognise celebrities such as David Beckham and Simon Cowell..."
 
2014-04-03 01:33:40 PM  

Richard C Stanford: "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."


You realize that these two sentences do not say the same thing, right? Or did I just feed a troll?
 
2014-04-03 01:35:11 PM  

timujin: OnlyM3: Obviously teachers deserve raises.

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


These are the top teacher salaries from 2011 in Illinois. It seems that if you play your cards right you can just barely get by on some of these salaries. I understand that teachers shouldn't work for free or be expected to obtain a bachelor's degree and make $35,000/year after 20 years service, but this crap is what makes their complaints unbearable in my state. In Illinois there were 14,866 teachers clearing $100,000 and that was 3 years ago.

To top it off, the pensions they make put many above $100,000 for the next 25 or more years. The 3rd guy down will receive a $4,000,000 pension if he lives for 20 years after retirement.

Leyden CHSD 212SebaldDavid203,155 Physical Education (2012 pension $127,875 + 3% annual COLA)
Township HSD 211KuechenbergRobert199,887 German ($58,763 - 15 years service)
Township HSD 211HarrisKenneth198,667 Physical Education (2012 - $141,968 + 3% COLA)
Township HSD 211RomanoAnthony195,437 Psychology (Grades 9-12 Only)
Township HSD 211MaganTom186,364 Consumer Education
Township HSD 211MorelliDavid185,993 Learning Behavior Specialist I
Township HSD 211JainSeju185,736 English as a Second Language
Township HSD 211SchumacherJoshua185,451 Biology (Grades 9-12 Only)
City of Chicago SD 299JonesJanet183,777 Chemistry (Grades 9-12 Only)
Lake Park CHSD 108GibsonMary182,686 Vocal Music
Lake Park CHSD 108NihellsRobert181,612 Algebra
Twp HSD 113MyersCarol180,061 Physical Education
Twp HSD 113ConwayTimothy179,660 Drama/Theatre Arts
Township HSD 211Chriske-HinesVicki176,600 French
Leyden CHSD 212VankoJames175,122 Auto/Automotive Mechanic/Technician
New Trier Twp HSD 203OddoLinda174,823 Speech (Grades 9-12 Only)
Lake Park CHSD 108FischerSteven174,300 English (Grades 9-12 Only)

/A lot of teachers will retire and teach a few years at a local college and jump into the SURS (state university retirement system) since the benefits are better there. They can buy into it for an over all better return.
// Please Fark liberals, tell me why I am wrong and that multimillion dollar pension deals are very sustainable and should be the norm across the country.
 
2014-04-03 01:35:38 PM  
How old are they?
 
2014-04-03 01:36:02 PM  

Super Chronic: OnlyM3: Satan's Bunny Slippers [TotalFark]
2014-04-03 01:09:44 PM
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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.
Ahhh, so this survey is the result of a bunch of kids pranking the pollsters and american kid are not really being left in the dust.

//at least when a democrat is in the white house. When that changes you'll be back to blaming the president for the crappy education system and not defending it as a "prank"

Because nothing says "American!" like an article on metro.co.uk with the sentence "while youngsters can recognise celebrities such as David Beckham and Simon Cowell..."


Oh c'mon now,   M3 can barely type, let alone comprehend an article.
 
2014-04-03 01:42:51 PM  

Belias: Richard C Stanford: "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."

You realize that these two sentences do not say the same thing, right? Or did I just feed a troll?


Crap, I should have made that "While a majority of children surveyed said they lived on Earth..."
Or maybe I'm still goofing up and the article's version was right. Wait, it wasn't right was it? Because I just thought that it sounded really odd. "Said Earth is where they are from". But I could be wrong.
 
2014-04-03 01:43:40 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.


Same with adults. Teach em science and non science educated people will argue dumb stuff with them.

Like "evolution is just a theory".
 
2014-04-03 01:46:13 PM  

Richard C Stanford: Belias: Richard C Stanford: "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."

You realize that these two sentences do not say the same thing, right? Or did I just feed a troll?

Crap, I should have made that "While a majority of children surveyed said they lived on Earth..."
Or maybe I'm still goofing up and the article's version was right. Wait, it wasn't right was it? Because I just thought that it sounded really odd. "Said Earth is where they are from". But I could be wrong.


If you aren't paying attention you might think it means "They said that's where they're from, but actually believed.." Like their some kind of conspiracy theorist rolling their eyes at The Man
 
2014-04-03 01:54:04 PM  
They're
 
2014-04-03 01:58:49 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And when they grow up get older they join the Tea Party


The same Tea Party the New York Times reports as being of above average income and education?  Doubtful.  Meanwhile, our president is so well-educated in science he cannot pronounce Orion, and he was anti-GMO until someone explained to him what it was and then he was for it.  He must be in the Tea Party too...

/Bush was a dope too
//So vote Democrat

CleanAndPure: 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.

Same with adults. Teach em science and non science educated people will argue dumb stuff with them.

Like "evolution is just a theory".


I love that one.  They get it wrong on two counts.  First they deny something that is damn near fact.  These same people even believe in evolution when you associate it with natural selection in animals.  Relate it to deer hunting and pulling out the animals with the farked up antlers and they suddenly believe in the core concept, but switch the conversation back to people....  Second, they have no clue what a theory is.  There is no "just" about it.
 
2014-04-03 02:02:40 PM  

DerAppie: How was the question presented? If they showed the children a picture of the solar system and asked which planet they lived on, then I could easily see 12% of answers being wrong. Of all planets Saturn isn't one that is mentioned so often that children would think they lived there. And all children know Mars is where the aliens come from.


"... according to an Alton Towers Resort poll of 500 six- to ten-year-olds."

So, a statistically insignificant poll, taken at a huge amusement park/resort.  Kids are (a) incredibly distracted, (b) some too young to have been taught the concepts, and (c) older ones probably having fun giving stupid answers to stupid questions.
 
2014-04-03 02:06:09 PM  

d23: 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.


Yep-I can bravely admit she is not the niece I would take a bullet for...annoying little smartarse who never shuts up and has been told from day one by her Mommy that she is a pretty princess snowflake.  My father-in-law is hilarious with her-once she kept talking and he looked at her and asked "How are you so fat if you never shut up long enough to eat?".  Think Honey Boo Boo child.  That's her.

/of course she answered. 'I just talk with my mouth full'. We know, we know.  That's why no one ever lets you spend the night.  And why you get your own little table at the holidays.
 
2014-04-03 02:07:08 PM  

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

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I thought there was a Saturn in Georgia. Might have been looking in wrong Georgia.


There's a Jupiter in Florida.
 
2014-04-03 02:12:42 PM  

YixilTesiphon: d23: 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...

She's damn happy when I start existing again, though. That feels amazing.


That's how they sucker you in...
and then they gitcha!

/got2. Enjoy this time. It's over before you know it.
//And that goes for every day for the test of your life
 
2014-04-03 02:22:55 PM  
I know some kids are going to jerk around with the interviewer for a laugh, but some kids are just irretrievably stupid. Case in point: I was supervising a group of kids, and we were headed out to the field to play some games one day. One kid, who I'd already mentally tagged as being pretty dumb, stopped to squash a bunch of mushrooms.

"Tom," I said, "I'm gonna need you to go to the restroom and wash your hands, and stop smushing up mushrooms."

"But why?" He asked.

"Because you don't know what kind of mushrooms these are. The mushrooms you get at the store are tasty and safe to eat, but mushrooms growing wild can be poisonous. They can make you very sick, or even kill you if you eat them or get the juice on you."

"Oooh," he said, before innocently licking his hands clean to "wash" them.
 
2014-04-03 02:32:14 PM  
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Fark, you're slipping.
 
2014-04-03 02:43:17 PM  

CleanAndPure: 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.

Same with adults. Teach em science and non science educated people will argue dumb stuff with them.

Like "evolution is just a theory".



This brings back fond memories of arguing evolution vs. creationism with my best friend's mom.  When I was six years old.  It drove her crazy that I wouldn't buy her argument that "it's true because it's in the Bible," or that there were too many "missing links" in the fossil record.  Even at six I could figure out that a puzzle millions of years old was bound to be missing a few pieces.
 
2014-04-03 02:43:50 PM  
Who the hell is doing all these half assed studies? I just know there getting federal money for it.
 
2014-04-03 02:46:07 PM  

TheMysticS: YixilTesiphon: d23: 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...

She's damn happy when I start existing again, though. That feels amazing.

That's how they sucker you in...
and then they gitcha!

/got2. Enjoy this time. It's over before you know it.
//And that goes for every day for the test of your life



This.  You won't believe how soon she'll be asking for the car keys.
 
2014-04-03 02:48:13 PM  
Well, if you assume a "child" is 0-18, 1 in 10 are under 2.

That's unrealistic though from the point of questioning, so lets just say a child is 3-18.  That still puts 1 in 10 from 3 to 4.5.

If you say a "child" is 3-12, which is more realistic for someone doing a poll of this type, one in 10 are still under 4.

Without having more info regarding average and mean ages, and size of the study, this "story" is not outrage-worthy.
 
2014-04-03 02:48:48 PM  

stuffy: Who the hell is doing all these half assed studies? I just know there getting federal money for it.


Absolutely right.  The U.S. Government is known for conducting education polls at British amusement parks.
 
2014-04-03 02:49:33 PM  

GDubDub: Well, if you assume a "child" is 0-18, 1 in 10 are under 2.

That's unrealistic though from the point of questioning, so lets just say a child is 3-18.  That still puts 1 in 10 from 3 to 4.5.

If you say a "child" is 3-12, which is more realistic for someone doing a poll of this type, one in 10 are still under 4.

Without having more info regarding average and mean ages, and size of the study, this "story" is not outrage-worthy.


Well, except that TFA said very clearly they were 6-10, so there's that.
 
2014-04-03 02:50:57 PM  

Far Cough: GDubDub: Well, if you assume a "child" is 0-18, 1 in 10 are under 2.

That's unrealistic though from the point of questioning, so lets just say a child is 3-18.  That still puts 1 in 10 from 3 to 4.5.

If you say a "child" is 3-12, which is more realistic for someone doing a poll of this type, one in 10 are still under 4.

Without having more info regarding average and mean ages, and size of the study, this "story" is not outrage-worthy.

Well, except that TFA said very clearly they were 6-10, so there's that.


Yeah, what we really should be talking about here is my reading comprehension!
 
2014-04-03 02:54:15 PM  

GDubDub: Far Cough: GDubDub: Well, if you assume a "child" is 0-18, 1 in 10 are under 2.

That's unrealistic though from the point of questioning, so lets just say a child is 3-18.  That still puts 1 in 10 from 3 to 4.5.

If you say a "child" is 3-12, which is more realistic for someone doing a poll of this type, one in 10 are still under 4.

Without having more info regarding average and mean ages, and size of the study, this "story" is not outrage-worthy.

Well, except that TFA said very clearly they were 6-10, so there's that.

Yeah, what we really should be talking about here is my reading comprehension!



The measure of an Internet comment person is how well they take to gentle criticism.  You gots class.
 
2014-04-03 03:05:43 PM  

buckler: I know some kids are going to jerk around with the interviewer for a laugh, but some kids are just irretrievably stupid. Case in point: I was supervising a group of kids, and we were headed out to the field to play some games one day. One kid, who I'd already mentally tagged as being pretty dumb, stopped to squash a bunch of mushrooms.

"Tom," I said, "I'm gonna need you to go to the restroom and wash your hands, and stop smushing up mushrooms."

"But why?" He asked.

"Because you don't know what kind of mushrooms these are. The mushrooms you get at the store are tasty and safe to eat, but mushrooms growing wild can be poisonous. They can make you very sick, or even kill you if you eat them or get the juice on you."

"Oooh," he said, before innocently licking his hands clean to "wash" them.


That kid's gonna be on Fark one day...
 
2014-04-03 03:17:45 PM  

Raoul Eaton: TheMysticS: YixilTesiphon: d23: 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...

She's damn happy when I start existing again, though. That feels amazing.

That's how they sucker you in...
and then they gitcha!

/got2. Enjoy this time. It's over before you know it.
//And that goes for every day for the test of your life


This.  You won't believe how soon she'll be asking for the car keys.


Testify!
 
2014-04-03 03:26:54 PM  

Facetious_Speciest: 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.


Maybe that's true in general, but I'd think hispanic kids are probably more likely to recognize avocados than white kids. I probably wouldn't have known what an avocado was when I was ten either. My mom never cooked with them until she diversified her cooking when my brother and I got older and less picky.
 
2014-04-03 03:38:20 PM  

Super Chronic: OnlyM3: Satan's Bunny Slippers [TotalFark]
2014-04-03 01:09:44 PM
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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.
Ahhh, so this survey is the result of a bunch of kids pranking the pollsters and american kid are not really being left in the dust.

//at least when a democrat is in the white house. When that changes you'll be back to blaming the president for the crappy education system and not defending it as a "prank"

Because nothing says "American!" like an article on metro.co.uk with the sentence "while youngsters can recognise celebrities such as David Beckham and Simon Cowell..."


One in ten farkers don't bother reading TFA before heading into the thread to herp their derp.
 
2014-04-03 04:06:30 PM  

Richard C Stanford: Belias: Richard C Stanford: "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."

You realize that these two sentences do not say the same thing, right? Or did I just feed a troll?

Crap, I should have made that "While a majority of children surveyed said they lived on Earth..."
Or maybe I'm still goofing up and the article's version was right. Wait, it wasn't right was it? Because I just thought that it sounded really odd. "Said Earth is where they are from". But I could be wrong.


I was speaking more about how their sentence says only that 12 per cent got it wrong, but does not say that 12 per cent believe they live on Saturn or Mars.  The "Saturn or Mars" group is a subset of the 12 per cent.  It could be a single answer each, from their sentence.
 
2014-04-03 06:40:34 PM  
I know it's old, but why is this not here? On the planet earth.

www.earthhouse.com
 
2014-04-03 07:58:46 PM  
Those who fear education standards are slipping, look away now - one in ten children do not realise they live on Earth, a survey shows.
While 88 per cent said Earth is where they are from...


One in ten, huh? Apparently they're not teaching mathematics either.
 
2014-04-03 09:22:14 PM  
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2014-04-03 10:00:00 PM  
I do remember being around 6 years old and watching the show "Wild America" and vowing someday to go to America, which I believed was a magical land full of eagles and bears, completely unlike the boring old United States.

\however I did know I lived on planet earth, even then
 
2014-04-04 05:21:14 AM  

DerAppie: How was the question presented? If they showed the children a picture of the solar system and asked which planet they lived on, then I could easily see 12% of answers being wrong. Of all planets Saturn isn't one that is mentioned so often that children would think they lived there. And all children know Mars is where the aliens come from.


I thought aliens came from Mexico.
 
2014-04-04 06:14:54 AM  

cedarpark: DerAppie: How was the question presented? If they showed the children a picture of the solar system and asked which planet they lived on, then I could easily see 12% of answers being wrong. Of all planets Saturn isn't one that is mentioned so often that children would think they lived there. And all children know Mars is where the aliens come from.

I thought aliens came from Mexico.


Only the illegal ones.
 
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