Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Rational ignorance ... or the school system?

According to this report a recent poll in the UK showed that 23 percent of people thought World War II prime minister Churchill was made up, 58 percent thought Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Holmes actually existed and 33 percent thought the same of W. E. Johns' fictional pilot and adventurer Biggles.

I'm sure this is reassuring news for the UK educational establishment. But would New Zealanders do any better?

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