LiveScience.com - U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution
Dennis Miller (before his road to Damascus conversion) put it very well when he said little says more about American anti-intellectualism than the fact that calling someone a bit of an Einstein is an insult. He also pointed out that on one of the 3Rs actually starts with the letter r.
So is that why these results are scary? (Come on, the US finished behind Latvia and Cyprus. How the hell does that happen?
Or does it have to do with the ongoing PR campaign being waged by the Religious Right and IDC folks?
Maybe is the growing backlash against any form of public education.
Whatever factor or combination thereof, it's taking its toll. The US is slipping from it's heights. China is ascendent, bio-medical research has started its flight to other countries, science is moving elsewhere and India has started to make progress.
W. seems to think that he can maintain and increase American power with his shows of force and the unilaterialism that he's been known for, but in the end he just seems to be the steward of the decline. As intellectually substantial as a french crueller, he's a man who's just in completely the wrong job.
As a side note, I wish they would start including Canada in these things. It won't due to lump us in with the States. The book Fire and Ice showed full well the divergence in responses between Canucks and the Yanks.