Are you appalled by the ignorance of Flat-Earthers? Well, you not alone. Recent, famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson upset teachers throughout the country when he published a tweet blaming schools in the United States for Flat-Earthers.
“The rise of flat-Earthers in society provides some of the best evidence for the failure of our educational system,” Tyson tweeted, garnering more than 72,000 retweets and 188,000 likes.
Of course, Tyson’s tweet was acknowledging a growing trend of people spreading theories that the world is flat. According to these flat-Earthers, NASA is part of a broad conspiracy to fake the evidence of a spherical Earth. The Flat Earth Society and other groups spend a significant amount of time producing materials to “prove” the theory.
Tyson’s tweet blames America’s schools for the rise, but is the refusal to believe basic science really a problem with our Public School system, or a problem with humanity in general? Not to mention that the debate of the true shape of the Earth has been ongoing since ancient times. As early as the sixth century B.C., Pythagoras wrote about the Earth as a sphere.
Needless to say, Tyson’s tweet got mixed reviews.
“Not enough globes, too many maps,” @Callum mCH tweeted.
Another Twitter user argued that it was simply “evidence of ideology over facts.”
“My grandfather had a 4th or 5th grade education,” @JohnRBielski added. “He knew the Earth was a sphere. But he read all his life.”
Tyson also sparked responses from some who were pretty outraged by his reasoning.
“This is like saying, ‘The rise of obesity is some of the best evidence for the failure of gyms,” @kdpeagler wrote.
Others argued reminded Tyson that this has more to do with what children are taught at home than in the classroom.
“Education begins at home,” @JamieWalker808 wrote. “Kids indoctrinated to distrust science will resist no matter how well it’s taught.”
Source: Washington Post