Everyone needs statistics

Everyone Should Learn Statistics writes Ed Sector’s Kevin Carey, after serving on a jury. The defense attorney tried to confuse the jury with bad statistics — or didn’t understand statistics himself.

Which is not surprising, given that statistics isn’t part of the standard curriculum schools require students to complete in order to get a high-school or college diploma. Math education is still largely interpreted as a progression through algebra and geometry to calculus. And I’m not against working harder to improve math education. But in terms of things you really need in order to make your way in modern society, statistics is way, way up there, above a lot of things that are currently lodged in the curriculum.

Carey provides a video of Donald Duck in Mathmagicland. I vividly remember watching this in seventh grade.

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