(Written 23 Nov 2011)
Dear All,
One of the television programs I watched without fail when in the US was Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Have a look on the ‘net’ if you have a good connection. It is good stuff. See http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-12-2009/jane-goodall for example.So it doesn’t come as surprise to learn that more US teens believe what they hear on a parody of the News in the Daily Show, than what they are told on the formal news channels.

Further, of note in the attached article is the suggestion that putting in more money and hiring more teachers will not necessarily translate to students having a better understanding of mathematics and science.
See http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2009/10/12/paul-krugman-vs-the-daily-show/