Neil deGrasse Tyson blames US schools for Flat-Earthers — and teachers aren’t amused

TEACHERS DON”T EVEN KNOW ABOUT FLAT EARTH…J.A.P…Just Another Psyop~Note it is the WashPo reporting this..

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/07/21/neil-degrasse-tyson-blames-u-s-schools-for-flat-earthers-and-teachers-arent-amused/?utm_term=.1ca2d0c20a66

Neil deGrasse Tyson, perhaps the most famous astrophysicist in the world and a seemingly affable guy, upset teachers and started something of a Twitter frenzy with a tweet blaming U.S. schools for people who believe the world is flat:

With this tweet, which had more than 72,000 retweets and more than 188,000 “likes” late Friday afternoon, Tyson was expressing alarm at “flat-Earthers,” people who believe the Earth is flat and who have been able to grab some headlines in recent months as videos insisting the Earth is not a sphere have become popular on social media.

The Daily Mail recently ran a story titled, “Inside the World of flat Earthers,” and the famous former basketball Shaquille O’Neal was in the news a few months ago when he said the Earth was flat — and then later said, “I’m joking, you idiots.” And the Courier just published a story noting that flat-Earthers had posted signs along a highway in Scotland urging people to research the flat Earth.

Flat-Earthers believe NASA is part of a broad conspiracy to fake the evidence of a spherical Earth, and there are societies of people, such as this Flat Earth Society, that produce materials “proving” the conspiracy. For example, this is the description of one of the podcasts available on this group’s website:

In this series we will be dispelling a number of globularist claims. This week we take a look at lunar eclipses in the ball model and using the Parallaxian mind-set put forth by Samuel Rowbotham showing the globe earth theory to be incoherent with observed phenomena.

Tyson’s tweet blames America’s schools — most of which are traditional public schools — for such ignorance, but is that really fair? It is true that science education is not a priority in too many schools, and young people don’t learn anywhere near enough about the world. But a refusal to believe basic science like this suggests something other than minimal or lousy teaching, such as willful ignorance, a rejection of science and/or religious beliefs.

 

3 thoughts on “Neil deGrasse Tyson blames US schools for Flat-Earthers — and teachers aren’t amused

  1. painfultruth2017 July 25, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply

    What is really going on here? Why are they switching to the flat earth anyway??

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  2. FactYouAll July 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply

    According to this WaPo article:

    “It is worth noting, as I wrote here, that the true shape of the Earth has been known since ancient times. Historians say there is no doubt that the educated in Christopher Columbus’s day knew quite well that the Earth was not flat but round — and as early as the sixth century B.C., Pythagoras — and later Aristotle and Euclid — wrote about the Earth as a sphere.”

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  3. poolman July 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply

    We don’t have an education system in America. We have an indoctrination program. Public school classrooms prominently display the globe prop and force us to pledge our allegiance to a flag.

    The fact that there are some breaking out of their programming is an overall positive trend.

    Of course the earth is not moving. There is no evidence to prove otherwise.

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