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  •  I once taught beginning stats courses. (2+ / 0-)
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    askew, SueDe

    Even our very best students had trouble understanding the basic concepts because they are never covered in grade and high school.  I have always said that instead of calculus, which is often taught as a status symbol but not because it will be useful, should be supplanted with basic courses in probability, statistics, etc.  People can use it in every day life, be it a medical decision, understanding weather predictions, elections, accident probabilities and so on.

    •  I agree. Whether how to arrive at a (1+ / 0-)
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      Heart of the Rockies

      legitimate, comprehensive statistical outcome is taught, at least a course should be a requirement for graduation from high school in how to critically differentiate between statistically relevant information and statistics used for purposes of persuasion or evasion.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 10:30:59 AM PST

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