According to a survey conducted by CivicScience, most Americans don’t believe Arabic numerals should be taught in schools.
The problem: That’s the numeral system we use every day. (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9)
The market research company, asked 3,624 respondents: “Should schools in America teach Arabic numerals as part of their curriculum?” The poll did not explain what the term “Arabic numerals” meant.
CivicScience, whose mission is to power the world’s opinions and bring them to the decision makers who care, asked 3,624 people if schools in America should teach Arabic numerals.
By the numbers, 2,020 people said no, 1,043 people said yes and 561 people shared no opinion.
In simpler terms, 56% of respondents said no, 29% said yes and 15% chose no opinion.
John Dick, chief executive of Civic Science, said the results were “the saddest and funniest testament to American bigotry we’ve ever seen in our data”.
He said the goal of the research was to “tease out prejudice among those who didn’t understand the question”.
In the interest of fairness, Dick shared graphics with the results of another recent survey. The question was whether or not schools should have creation theory of Catholic priest George Lemaitre as part of their science curriculum.
Lemaitre’s creation theory is better known as the Big Bang Theory.
Without that explainer, 53% of the 4,151 respondents said no, 20% said yes and 27% offered no opinion.
Of the no respondents, 73% of them identified as Democrats.