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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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This has been studied in 2002 and 2009 at Texas A&M on monkeys and toddlers respectively, and the findings were that boys are genetically programmed to like trucks and girls to like dolls. Findings from another study at Emory University, Atlanta in 2008 on monkeys also concluded the same. The technique in the 2002 study on vervet monkeys was ...


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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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Brief summary for those who don't want to read the whole thing - reading in the United States is in decline, but not to the extent suggested by the Jenkins Group survey. I'll take each point from the question in turn and attempt to answer it. I wasn't able to find the Jenkins Group survey referred to, however I found two useful reports by National ...


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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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The exact opposite is true. Short version: Abstinence only does not delay sexual activity in teens, and when they do have sex, they are unaware of protection, thus leading to higher incidence of pregnancy and STDs. The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality mention that advocating a position of abstinence doesn't significantly alter the ...


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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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It turns out that someone studied exactly this: Most people believe that they should avoid changing their answer when taking multiple-choice tests. Virtually all research on this topic, however, suggests that this strategy is ill-founded: most answer changes are from incorrect to correct, and people who change their answers usually improve their ...


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Reading around this subject there appears to have been a 1998 summary in the US which is quoted a lot in political debates full report here.. This research summarised that Our findings indicate that student uniforms have no direct effect on substance use, behavioral problems or attendance. A negative effect of uniforms on student academic achievement ...


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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 & World Report, 1971. (...


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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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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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Scientists from Cambridge University found that boys and girls are different (sexual dimorphism) even from day one. They exposed infants one day old to a thing and a face, and measured differences in interest (looking time). Neither the test person nor the timer knew which sex each infant was. The abstract from the 2000 study, "Sex differences in human ...


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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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That information is based on a survey by the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF), which was undertaken by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER): A sample of 150 primary schools and a sample of 150 secondary (or central) schools were selected with probability proportional to size of the student populations (Grade 6 and Grade ...


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Short answer: this is false. Let's analyze this by looking at the claim. In order for this to be true, Avicenna would have to have a distinctive form of dress different from other people of the time. While this image does appear to show him in a two-layered robe and an unusual hat, other images of him show him in a much more standard robe and turban. Even ...


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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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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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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 answer is going to depend a bit upon how you want to define "real signature". The ink on the page was almost certainly created using an autopen such as the Model 80 by DAMILIC. The Autopen has been in use for presidential signatures since Eisenhower and the general rule of thumb is that if it's a form letter with a signature, it's almost certainly an ...


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Is dyslexia unheard of in Spain? It's heard of, as dyslexia has much broader meaning than just phonetic problems. There is for example FEDIS (Spanish Dyslexia Federation), which advocates for special treatment of children with dyslexia in Spanish education system. However, there is grain of truth in this. Indeed Spanish children affected by dyslexia have ...


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