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

Mar 2019
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TN
#12
In 1997 a high school kid got dozens and dozens of people to sigh a petition to get rid of Dihydrogen monoxide.

Dihydrogen monoxide:

  • is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.
  • contributes to the "greenhouse effect".
  • may cause severe burns.
  • contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  • accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.
  • may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.
  • has been found in excised tumors of terminal cancer patients.
Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

  • as an industrial solvent and coolant.
  • in nuclear power plants.
  • in the production of styrofoam.
  • as a fire retardant.
  • in many forms of cruel animal research.
  • in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.
  • as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.
And these people are allowed to breed and vote.

Dihydrogen monoxide parody - Wikipedia
 
Mar 2019
2,652
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California
#13
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
Solution: Call 'em Indian Numerals. They really were invented by the Hindus.
 
Mar 2012
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New Hampshire
#14
In 1997 a high school kid got dozens and dozens of people to sigh a petition to get rid of Dihydrogen monoxide.



And these people are allowed to breed and vote.

Dihydrogen monoxide parody - Wikipedia
They did something like that years ago with Jimmy Kimmel. He had a petition to get rid of womens suffrage. So many thought it meant ending women suffering. Geesh..
 
Oct 2018
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WonderfulOregon
#19
the word Arabic triggered it.


CivicScience CEO John Dick tweeted that the results of the poll that was weighted for gender and age according to the U.S. Census, suggest a latent bias among respondents.

John Dick
@jdcivicscience

CEO of CivicScience Inc. Data jockey for execs, journos, and hedgies. Lead singer of Moscow Mule, hugger, and diehard fan of the Oxford comma.

John Dick‏ @jdcivicscience

Ladies and Gentlemen: The saddest and funniest testament to American bigotry we've ever seen in our data.
 
Sep 2012
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SoCal
#20
Solution: Call 'em Indian Numerals. They really were invented by the Hindus.
What is the origin of numbers?
The numbers that are used worldwide nowadays are basically Arabic numbers. They were actually developed by Arabic Muslim scientists who revised the Indian version of numbers that contains only nine numbers. That took place during the 8th century (771 A.D) when an Indian Gastronomist came to the Almansour royal palace with a book – famous at that time – about astronomy and mathematics called “Sod hanta” written by Brahma Jobta around 626 A.D. Almansour ordered to translate the book into Arabic and explore more sciences.

There were different forms in the Indian version of numbers, Arabs kept some of these forms and changed others to create their own vision of numbers which was used in the Middle East and mainly in Baghdad. Thanks to Al Khawarizmi (Algoritmi), Arabic numbers took their final form. At the beginning, they were not widely spread but they became known in the Maghreb and Andalusia. Europe then adopted these numbers because of their practicality in comparison with Roman numbers. Now they are used worldwide.

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