In a world of data, statistics counts: Statistical Revolution Versus Statistical Literacy


Authors: 
Scheaffer, R.
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Publisher: 
Advanced Placement (AP) Central
URL: 
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/members/article/1,3046,151-165-0-22510,00.html
Abstract: 

Data are hot! Everyone -- students, teachers, parents, employers -- is interested in data, but few know how to collect and interpret data intelligently. Data is the basis of science, and statistical thinking is key to the scientific method, yet few graduates of high school and college understand how science works. For these and other reasons, statistics must become a major component of the modern K-12 mathematics curriculum and achieve a stronger presence in the undergraduate curriculum, as recommended by a wide variety of educational groups.