Poll states 56% Americans don’t want children taught Arabic Numerals.

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Poll states 56% Americans don’t want children taught Arabic Numerals.

#1 Post by TrueTexan » Tue May 14, 2019 8:17 pm

The stupidity is rabid.
Data can be soul-crushing. While sometimes numbers communicate exactly what you’d like to hear, polling isn’t for the faint of heart, especially when it comes to polls that reveal a lot about your peers. Like, for example, the 60% of white men who voted for Trump—or, for that matter, the 47% of white women.

Anyway. A more recent poll suggests that 56% of Americans are not only ignorant but probably also prejudiced. Why? Let’s look at some results from CivicScience Inc., a research firm based in Pittsburgh. And try not to laugh at the results!

Their CEO, John Dick, tweeted the following visual of the results of what should have been a simple question on Twitter. Unsurprisingly, people loved (and hated) it.

For some context: CivicScience polled more than 3,200 Americans in this survey. The general topic was math instruction, which seems like it wouldn’t be controversial. Perhaps it would reveal some hard feelings about geometry, but nothing too attention-grabbing, right? Wrong!

Let’s start with the good. 29% of respondents said that Arabic numerals should be taught in schools. That’s great, because they already are!

16% had no opinion on the subject. That’s … odd, but okay.

An astounding 56% of Americans said Arabic numerals should not be taught in American schools.

Arabic numerals. Which are, you know, the ones we use.

Is there an explanation that doesn’t have to do with bigotry? I think not. Islamophobia is a huge problem in the U.S. My guess (and the only explanation I can gather) is that people read “Arabic” and immediately went negative. Gross.
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#2 Post by senorgrand » Tue May 14, 2019 8:20 pm

This poll has been done XXII's of times...what's the point?
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#3 Post by Hasaf » Tue May 14, 2019 9:44 pm

There is a difference between Western Arabic Numerals, what we use, and Eastern Arabic Numerals. When I was first exposed to Eastern Arabic Numerals I was unable to read them.

I can see exposing kids to the difference, similar to what we do with Roman Numerals.

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#4 Post by JaxTeller » Tue May 14, 2019 9:49 pm

I, for one, prefer Roman numerals.

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#5 Post by senorgrand » Tue May 14, 2019 10:25 pm

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#6 Post by CDFingers » Wed May 15, 2019 10:35 am

George Carlin opined about the "average" person, saying half were dumber.

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#7 Post by Darwinchip » Wed May 15, 2019 2:48 pm

JaxTeller wrote:
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I, for one, prefer Roman numerals.
I know (hope?) you're joking, but could you please express pi to a few decimal places in Roman numerals?
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#8 Post by geno » Wed May 15, 2019 2:55 pm

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#9 Post by CDFingers » Wed May 15, 2019 2:57 pm

Pi in the sky,

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#10 Post by highdesert » Wed May 15, 2019 5:02 pm

Similar to polls that give people quotes from the US Constitution and asking them if they agree with the quote. We wouldn't have the Bill of Rights if it was up modern polling.
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#11 Post by Bisbee » Wed May 15, 2019 8:45 pm

All I needed was to read that subject line to fall down laughing...
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#12 Post by Wino » Thu May 16, 2019 10:43 am

To some extent helps to explain the orange turd phenomenon.
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