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Have Islamic prayers been introduced into Ontario public schools while Christian ones have been removed?

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 ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

The graph accurately represents the survey result but the survey cannot be taken as an accurate representation of the true position. If you follow the link to the paper that Unherd has you'll see the ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

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 ...
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Are Democrats more likely to believe Astrology is a science?

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 ...
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Did Hitler say this quote about education?

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-...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

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 ...
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Does West Virginia have higher literacy rates than states like New York, California and New Jersey?

Drawing from this raw data posted in the comments 21% of West Virginians are at or below Level 1 PIAAC competency, the ability to "locate a single piece of information that is identical to or ...
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Are US colleges awarding more A-scores?

Well I tracked down the origin of the claim: http://www.gradeinflation.com/ Specifically from [1]: The authors hypothesize the following to explain these results: On a national basis, the evolution ...
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Did the government of Florida reject all K-5 maths books, except for ones issued by a specific ex-employer of a colleague of the current governor?

The headline is slightly misleading, but the story is accurate. All approved books for regular K-5 math are published by Accelerate Learning. There are 3 approved books for accelerated math in 3rd ...
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Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

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 ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

The survey has more than 98% non-response. What we're seeing here is selection bias: people who (claim to) have a PhD and are FaceBook users and responded to this survey are not representative of PhDs ...
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Did Ohio pass a law granting students the right to give scientifically wrong answers consistent with their religious beliefs?

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 ...
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Is Roberto Nevilis the inventor of homework?

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 ...
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In California, does it cost more to send someone to prison than to send them to Stanford?

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 ...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

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 ...
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Did Chinese school textbook maps (c. 1951) "depict China as stretching even into the central Asian republics"?

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&...
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Did Einstein say "if you can't explain it simply you don't understand it well enough"?

The short answer is: probably no he didn't say this quote. There is no citation supporting this claim. Other unsourced variants: You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

Following the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) links in the story, these numbers appear to be not generated by the New York Times, but straight from OECD's "Indicator ...
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Are people with a PhD least likely to be vaccinated in the US?

I'll add here that while the data is in the paper, the bar graph from UnHerd is not. The paper has this line graph instead: Indeed in May 2021 their data points to PhDs having the highest hesitancy, ...
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Did Massachusetts have a higher literacy rate before compulsory schooling?

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 ...
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Do most black scientists come from non elite-universities?

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 ...
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Is there a bill in Iowa that bans the teaching of sexism, slavery, and racial segregation?

The only close match I can find for this language in recent bills of the Iowa legislature is HF 802, which was signed into law on June 8, 2021. If this is the bill that Fowler is talking about, then ...
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Does Norway spend $29,726 on child care per toddler annually?

As I suspect this is your real question, the NYT graph appears flawed as a USA vs Norway comparison in the following sense: Data for Norway appears pulled from that B2.3 graph in jeffronicus' answer,...
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Did an American kindergarten teach children the alphabet using corporate logos?

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 @...
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Is this tweet about classes one month after the Hiroshima bombing, and the 2011 tsunami accurate?

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 ...
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Do only 49% of Americans know which country bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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 ...
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