Whites got most test answers right: Blacks, Hispanics scored poorly
Just released… Pew Research (April 2) gave an on-line test to some 6,000 participants. Pew asked respondents to list their ethnicity. They even had a startling headline, “Whites know more about Science” in a release reporting their results.
“U.S. racial and ethnic groups vary significantly in their knowledge of science-related issues, according to a new Pew Research Center surveythat quizzed Americans about subjects ranging from life and physical sciences to numeracy and chart reading.
About half of whites (48%) got at least nine of 11 questions correct. In comparison, much smaller shares of Hispanics (23%) and blacks (9%) correctly answered at least nine of the questions.”
Biggest differences on the survey came on math-related questions, along the lines of “a car traveling 40 mph travels 30 miles in 45 minutes…?” 68% of Whites answered that question correctly, only 23% of Blacks.
One final point of interest: Republicans and Democrats scored about the same on the test (Science 2.0)
Editor’s note – I took the test. It was actually quite fun and a little challenging. I scored 10 out of 11. It was the 10th question on erosion and farming that I got wrong. Take the test here. Report your results in comments.
Science knowledge varies by race and ethnicity in U.S. | Pew Research Center https://t.co/RVQC2cciCY
— R Hashimoto (@1RHashimoto) April 3, 2019