American education sucks badly. US students and mostly indoctrinated morons without any real tangible knowledge. I have seen them making molecules models out of foam balls to pass a chemistry class (I guess it was 9th grade of K12). "...data and rankings from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, rating the United States' 15 year-olds 25th in the world in mathematics." and so on.
There are many hypotheses trying to explain why this is happening and how to fix it. The answer is clear for most sober-minded people and it is 'public' part of education. 'Public' means 'belongs to no one' or 'no one gives a damn about it' and tremendous failures of socialist regimes have demonstrated this simple fact beyond any reasonable doubt.
At any rate... there's new development of 'how to fix US education' jazz. Here it is (you can't make such stuff up, my concerned scientific friends) - politicians to rescue!
"That long-held empirical value of pi, I am not saying it should be necessarily viewed as wrong, but 3 is a lot better," said Roby, the 34-year old legislator representing Alabama's second congressional district, ushered into office in the historic 2010 Republican mid-term bonanza.
Pi has long been defined as the ratio of a circle's area to the square of its radius, a mathematical constant represented by the Greek letter "π," with a value of approximately 3.14159. HR 205 does not change the root definition, per se. The bill simply, and legally, declares pi to be exactly 3.
Roby, raised in Montgomery, Ala., is on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.
"It's no panacea, but this legislation will point us in the right direction. Looking at hard data, we know our children are struggling with a heck of a lot of the math, including the geometry incorporating pi," Roby said. "I guarantee you American scores will go up once pi is 3. It will be so much easier." (bold font is mine)
What's next? Canceling friction and gravitation laws by a political will?
I need a different globe, please!