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Let's break the original claim down into several constituent components. Islamic prayers have now been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario. Toronto Sun, CBC News, and others have reported that some Ontario schools provide prayer space for devout Muslim children. The original claim is therefore true, although misleading. Muslim ...


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It is entirely possible that Hitler said something of the sort, although it is rather a stretch to say it is about homeschooling. The law making school attendance compulsory was actually passed in 1919 as part of the Weimar constitution. Wikipedia: The Weimar Constitution Section 4: Education and School Articles 142 to 150 guided the operation of ...


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Independently, Pew has discovered that a greater percentage of Democrats believe in astrology than Republicans: They include details on their survey methods. They did provide a definition of astrology in the survey: "that the position of the stars and planets can affect people’s lives". This may rule out people confusing astronomy and astrology. To ...


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True. There are two claims to address: Is the quote real? Does it apply to home-schooling? Hitler did say that. It does also apply to home-schooling. It was the general principle of national-socialist education plans. He said the quote in a more general context than for example as a reply to 'what do you think of home-schooling.' In that sense, Hitler ...


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No House Bill 164 or the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act of 2019" has been passed by the House and awaits on a vote by the Senate. It covers several areas guaranteeing the freedom of religious expression. The part closest to the claim is Section 3320.03: No school district board of education...shall prohibit a student from engaging in religious ...


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The Ohio House passed Bill 164 which says: No school district board of education, governing authority of a community school established under Chapter 3314. of the Revised Code, governing body of a STEM school established under Chapter 3326. of the Revised Code, or board of trustees of a college-preparatory boarding school established under ...


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The quote "An alleged scientific discovery has no merit unless it can be explained to a barmaid." is popularly attributed to Lord Rutherford of Nelson in as stated in Einstein, the Man and His Achievement By G. J. Whitrow, Dover Press 1973. Einstein is unlikely to have said it since his theory of relativity was very abstract and based on sophisticated ...


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No. Homework was around before 1905: In 1901, the California legislature passed an act that effectively abolished homework So homework was around in 1901, which is before 1905. I think you mean 1095. A lot of websites seem to claim this, but the only ones that actually reference their source direct to Wiki Answers. Scientists believed that Roberto ...


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TL;DR: To answer the question title, people with no higher education at all in USA voted 51%/47% (+4% margin for Obama) for D/R in 2012 Presidential election. So no, they are not tending "more" to conservative based on Exit Polls in US Presidential election. For educated (college+postgrad), they voted virtually identical with total population averages (51% ...


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As the image states, the data comes from the LA Daily News, specifically this article Last week, this news organization reported the cost of keeping an inmate in a California state prison hit the astronomical figure of $70,810 per year. That’s each! It’s also $8,333 more [$62,477] than it would cost to send an inmate to Stanford University. And if we ...


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YES That seems not only very plausible. There is very little reason to doubt. The actual, concrete picture may be just illustrative, manipulated, misattributed or the exact kindergarten picture untraceable on the net for authenticity. But why should it? The underlying concept and the actual use of this kind of tool in a preschool/kindergarten setting may ...


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Haven't yet located an actual school book from that time. But this is in line with old territorial claims of China, thus not really tying this "tradition" to either Tibet or "Red China" (Nationalist Republic of China aka Taiwan did and does the same)or 1951: Joseph Newman: "A New Look at Red China" Washington: U.S. News & ...


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In 2002, the National Geographic Society gave over 300 in-home interviews per country for a selection of nine countries, and gave a geography quiz testing knowledge of current events, international issues, map-reading skills, and world geography. American young people were ranked eighth out of the nine countries, (up from worst in previous studies), beating ...


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From Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading Since 1880 by Carl F. Kaestle: Very little evidence is available about the extent of literacy before 1850 except that provided by people's ability to sign such documents as marriage registers, army rolls, and wills. Because the relationship of signing ability to reading ability remains uncertain,...


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The simple answer is: no they don't Andrew Gelman has addressed this issue several times in his blog and his book Red State, Blue State, also has a lot of related electoral statistics. In responding to statements like this (in William Saletan's review of Jonathan Haidt's book, The Righteous Mind), my emphasis : You’re smart. You’re liberal. You’re well ...


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The second graph on this U.S. Census page negates the claim that Americans are less educated than their parents. Americans are more educated than ever in history. Per capita income has also increased significantly in the past fifty years. However, Matt Damon is talking about "average Americans" in this claim, so we would need to dig a little deeper to ...


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The short answer is: probably no he didn't say this quote. There is no citation supporting this claim. Another unsourced variants: You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. If you can't explain something to a six-year-old, you really don't understand it yourself. But if you open page 418 of Einstein: His Life and ...


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According to the 1990-1995 National Science Foundation study on the origins of bachelor degrees in PhD-holding scientists and engineers, black scientists and engineers (PhD holders) have a significantly lower percentage that graduated from research-oriented, elite universities. The disparity is larger for scientists than for engineers. In the study, the ...


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Inconclusive. The first instance of the image being on the internet was an anonymous Reddit post from 27 September 2018 that offered no proof of it being legitimate. The photo and Reddit link that @Gerrit posted was from a post from a subreddit called /r/ShitAmericansSay. This is not the first appearance of this photo on the internet. I tracked down what ...


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The first image can be seen at the Hiroshima Peace Media Center, in an article titled "Hiroshima: 70 Years After the A-bombing: Students study in open-air classrooms in “A-bomb desert”". If you click on the first image, you get the following caption: An open-air classroom at Noboricho National School. A female teacher stands in front of the students. ...


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Richard Shenkman is taking his information from the 1997 book What Americans Know about Politics and why it Matters, and has corrected the statement in the 2010 version of his book. The 1997 book says 91% stated "The U.S. used A-bomb against Japan" in a 1990 survey. (page 87, table 2.7) and also says 49% "correctly" answered a survey item "only nation to ...


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The source of this factoid is musicthatmakesyoudumb, a site run by an American software developer. His process was to, for each college, get the most popular artists according that college's student's Facebook profiles, and to correlate those against the average SAT score for that college. This would be better boiled down as "People who go colleges with ...


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The degrees from Johns Hopkins appear to be consistent with university records. The JHU library archives its past commencement programs. On page 25 of the 1981 commencement program, under "Bachelors of Arts in The School of Arts and Sciences", is an entry for "Steven J. Milloy, of Oxon Hill, Md." On page 52 of the 1983 program, under "Masters of Health ...


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Ironically, it appears that this claim has been badly mangled by the claimants due to poor literacy skills! Let's start with definitions. Here is how Health Literacy: A Review distinguishes between "literacy" and "health literacy". Literacy is defined as the basic ability to read and speak English, whereas functional health literacy is the ability to ...


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That article by Kirby et al. is freely available via ReseachGate. It seems to be the only major metastudy to address the question. Quoting from the abstract: This paper reviews 83 studies that measure the impact of curriculum-based sex and HIV education programs on sexual behavior and mediating factors among youth under 25 years anywhere in the world... ...


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