56% of Americans say Arabic numerals shouldnt be taught in school

Mar 2012
54,653
36,289
New Hampshire
#1
Nothing but a facepalm here...

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that close to 56 percent of Americans don’t want Arabic numerals, the standard numbers in Western alphabets, to be taught in schools, according to a poll conducted by Pittsburgh-based market research firm Civic Science.

According to the study, which included more than 3,200 Americans, more than half of the respondents said standard number notation should not be taught in school. An additional 29 percent said they should be part of the curriculum, while 16 percent offered no opinion. Did they realize we’ve been using Arabic numerals for just about everything under the sun since the founding fathers gave us 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights? Maybe the word Arabic triggered it.

According to CivicScience CEO John Dick, the poll suggests a latent bias -- unconscious attitudes or stereotypes -- among respondents.
“Ladies and Gentlemen: The saddest and funniest testament to American bigotry we've ever seen in our data,” the executive said on Twitter with regard to the poll.

South Dakota media outlet Brookings Register conducted a similar study this week. Close to 57 percent of that poll’s 4000 respondents said they would not want the numerals to be taught, while 29 percent said they would.

56% Of Americans Believe Arabic Numerals Shouldn’t Be Taught In Schools - The Intellectualist
 
Jan 2014
16,756
4,531
California
#5
Nothing but a facepalm here...

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that close to 56 percent of Americans don’t want Arabic numerals, the standard numbers in Western alphabets, to be taught in schools, according to a poll conducted by Pittsburgh-based market research firm Civic Science.

According to the study, which included more than 3,200 Americans, more than half of the respondents said standard number notation should not be taught in school. An additional 29 percent said they should be part of the curriculum, while 16 percent offered no opinion. Did they realize we’ve been using Arabic numerals for just about everything under the sun since the founding fathers gave us 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights? Maybe the word Arabic triggered it.

According to CivicScience CEO John Dick, the poll suggests a latent bias -- unconscious attitudes or stereotypes -- among respondents.
“Ladies and Gentlemen: The saddest and funniest testament to American bigotry we've ever seen in our data,” the executive said on Twitter with regard to the poll.

South Dakota media outlet Brookings Register conducted a similar study this week. Close to 57 percent of that poll’s 4000 respondents said they would not want the numerals to be taught, while 29 percent said they would.

56% Of Americans Believe Arabic Numerals Shouldn’t Be Taught In Schools - The Intellectualist
Ms. bajisima,

So true. Do you want a bunch of squiggly lines taught to your kids?

http://www.softschools.com/languages/arabic/numbers_1_10_in_arabic/