Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Polls, Studies, and the Future

What exactly would you predict for corrections sentencing in this country upon discovering the results of the following reports?

U.S. students 'middle of the pack' compared with world
Crunching the most recent data from a pair of U.S. and international math and science exams for middle-schoolers, Gary Phillips, a researcher at the non-profit American Institutes for Research (AIR), a non-partisan Washington think tank, finds a decidedly mixed picture: Students in most states perform as well as — or better than — peers in most foreign countries.

Are You Smarter Than a College Student?
The results of recent surveys of young people's political savvy are grim: Just one-third of college students said it's important to stay current with political issues and events. More than half of people ages 15 to 25 didn't know that only citizens can vote in the United States.

Poll: Blacks grow more pessimistic
Black Americans are more dissatisfied with their progress than at any time in the past 20 years, and less than half say life will get better for them in the future.

A poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center found that one in five blacks say things are better for them now than five years ago. In 1984, almost two in five blacks said things were better than they were five years earlier.

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