Most Americans say ‘Arabic numerals’ should not be taught in school: survey


TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The majority of Americans don’t believe Arabic numerals should be taught in schools, according to a survey.

The survey, which was conducted by Civic Science, an American market research company was designed to “tease out the prejudice among those who didn’t understand the question.”

It asked 3,624 respondents whether schools should include Arabic numerals as part of the curriculum, but did not explain what the numbers were.

Arabic numerals are the ten digits: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, used around the world every day.

The system was introduced by mathematicians in India around AD 500. 

The survey found that 56 percent of Americans think Arabic numerals should be banned from schools, while 29 percent said they should be included in the curriculum.

15 percent had no opinion.

Out of those who answered “no,” 72 percent were Republican and 40 percent identified as Democrats, according to the survey. 

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