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No, he wasn't: page with german article and image of school certificate The Swiss school system has a 6 as best grade, and 1 as poorest, while the german is the other way round. Perhaps the legend is founded there. --source Translation of the subjects and grades in the image: The education council of the Canton Aargau certifies Albert Einstein, born Mar....


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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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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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It's a myth that Einstein was bad at math. In 1935, a rabbi in Princeton showed him [Einstein] a clipping of the Ripley’s [Believe it or Not] column with the headline “Greatest living mathematician failed in mathematics.” Einstein laughed. “I never failed in mathematics,” he replied, correctly. “Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and ...


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The fact that this very same debate, or with slight modifications, is found all over the internet but with different protagonists (e.g. atheist professor, Muslim student http://www.myiwc.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-3067.html) should be strong evidence that this is a myth. If you do a quick google search on "Atheist Professor", you will get countless ...


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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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It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our ...


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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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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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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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This myth might finally be dead (or at least bleeding out).... In 1896 Einstein enrolled in a four year program at Zurich Polytechnic. In 1900 the Polytechnic awarded him a mathematics and physics teaching diploma. Here is his Leaving Certificate...Marks are from 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest)... Other than Physical experiments for beginners with a mark of 1 (...


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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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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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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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There was a study a few years ago by the Center for Education Policy that indicates that no, it does not make a difference. They found, in part: there is no real difference between the academic performance given by public and private school students from the same low-income bracket and background(emphasis by me, not from the study) The study suggests ...


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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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This is a repost of a December 2007 Scientific American article which discusses the effects of praising effort over intelligence. In particular if focuses on the importance of mindset, and how some forms of praise in earlier stages of development can affect mindset. It claims that students who were praised as intelligent became worried about continuing to ...


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Einstein clearly was a physical genius - the greatest physicist since Newton - and he is widely known for the following seminal contributions: Using photons to explain the photoelectric effect (quantum theory was not mainstream) Explaining Brownian motion through atoms (atomic theory was not mainstream) Extending dynamics to support EM theory (special ...


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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 recent New Yorker article about Paul Haggis and Scientology spends some time talking about how the Church has exaggerated Hubbard's achievements over the years. They made efforts to obtain original source documents that they found conflicted with what the Church has said: The church document indicates, falsely, that Hubbard completed four years of ...


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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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