One In Four Americans Can’t Answer Science Question


By Rachel Holt

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) One in four Americans is stumped by this question...

"Does the Earth go around the sun, or does the sun go around the Earth?"

“What am I going to say… oh my gosh… I would have to say the Earth orbits the sun? Right? That’s right, right?” asks CSI student Janeth Lopez.

“The sun revolves around the Earth? Science class was a long time ago so… I had to think because it's a tricky question," Castleford High School student Brook Bremous says.

It's the question that's stumping one in four adults across the nation.

A new report by the National Science Foundation reveals a quarter of Americans believe the sun revolves around Earth.

"Unfortunately that does not surprise me. It’s a misconception that people have out there, but when you think about it, a lot of times we observe things but we don't think about them," points out planetarium manager Rick Greenwald.

Students typically learn about planets in the third grade, which begs the question, do you know more than an eight year old?

“The Earth moves around the sun instead of the sun moving around the Earth,” says 9 year old Shelby.

"The 3rd graders have a unit called ‘Earth, Sun and Moon,’ and they learn how planets rotate... the kids love sciences and at this age, they are little sponges and they just soak up everything," explains third grade teacher Stephanie Ball.

"Favorite thing about it is their enthusiasm. They are so glad to be here. They’re just engaged, they are ready to learn," Greenwald says.

The bright side? Three in four Americans answered correctly.

The survey will be included in a National Science Foundation report to lawmakers...

To see if more funding needs to be allocated to science and math.

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