Recent testing places the Chinese at the top of the world in terms of science education as the country invests in massive technology projects. Athough American students performed dismally in these tests, the U.S. is the world leader in creationist museums and psychic research.

 

The Stanton Peele Addiction Website, December 7, 2010. This blog post also appeared on Stanton's Addiction in Society blog at PsychologyToday.com.

U.S. students lag badly behind Chinese; KY Governor funds creationist park

I woke up this morning to the most terrible kerfuffle. All sorts of unrelated news bits started flashing across my computer screen, willy-nilly.

I saved these random items, which came out like this:

Chinese teenagers far outscore international peers. Youths from Shanghai finished first in reading, math, and science testing. For their parts, U.S. high school students came in 26th in combined scores for the three subjects.
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Kentucky Governor backs creationist theme park. The park is to contain a massive Noah's ark wth replicas of major species, including representative dinosaurs.  Creationists hold that all known species were created 6,000 years ago.
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American educators call for revolution in science education. Educators warn that the United States will be unprepared for competition in the 21st century, when technical skills and knowledge will be paramount.

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The new theme park is based on the famous Creation Museum, which opened in May 2007 in Petersburg, KY. That museum is drawing overwhelming crowds of young people, who learn the literal truth of Genesis in the Old Testament.
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Experts call American youth "scientifically illiterate." Labelling the low level of science and math education in the United States a disaster, scientists say many - if not most - American teens don't understand basic scientific concepts and facts.
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Chinese emphasize math and science education. Math and science training begins early in primary school and rigorous courses such as biology, chemistry, and physics are part of a core curriculum in all secondary schools.

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Intelligent design is introduced throughout America. Religious activists, who have gotten elected to state and local school boards, are insisting that "intelligent design" - the idea that the universe and living things must have an intelligent source - be taught on an equal basis with traditional science.

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Chinese launch massive scientific-technological projects. China has a number of multibillion-dollar, 25-year-horizon, game-changing investments, including creation of the world's most advanced stem cell/genetic engineering industry and development of an electric car infrastructure in major cities across that country.
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Sarah Palin lauds American exceptionalism.  Repeatedly hitting the theme that America is exceptional, due to its religious and spiritual values, Palin indicated that the United States will always be the leading light for the world.
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Throughout Asia, hard science is held in the highest esteem. A number of Asian cultures place a tremedous value on research that will move their countries forward through scientific and technological discoveries that will meet growing energy, transportation, and food-production needs.
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Americans making great strides in ESP research! Discovering that some people can intuit how others are feeling, American psychological science is adding to its position as the world's leader in psychic research, including the discovery by a prominent psychological investigator that gurus cannot be photographed! (Did I hear "Nobel Prize?")

I wonder what the juxtaposition of these things on my computer is meant to tell me? I know - I should start studying ESP!