It’s Never Too Early to Study Statistics
August 22, 2014
We’re living in an age in which data has become more available and more important to industry and society, yet our ability as a population to analyze data is not keeping up, writes Jonathan Wai, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University.
He quotes a vice president at Facebook, Elliot Schrage, who said statistics will be the “most powerful skill in the 21st century” and Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist, who told the New York Times that statistician is one of the sexist jobs today.
To prepare for the growth in jobs and opportunities for those with a background in statistics, Wai argues for more statistics education at an earlier age. He cites guidelines for Pre-K through 12 statistics education endorsed by the American Statistical Association, which states “a statistically literate high-school graduate will know how to interpret data in the morning newspaper and will ask the right questions about statistical claims.”
For example, someone with statistical literacy will know that association is not causation and that data is more meaningful than anecdotes. Statistical literacy offers so many benefits—not only in our roles as professionals, but also as citizens, parents and consumers.
Click here to learn more about why it is so important to study statistics.
The Public Health Data Challenge deadline is tonight! As your team puts the final touches on your submission, remember to finalize and submit your materials before 11:59 PM EST. Your submission should consist of a presentation with up to 10 slides on your team’s analysis and recommendations as well as an essay with a maximum of 500 words describing the technical details…
In honor of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) community, today we are celebrating National STEM Day. These disciplines play a vital role in the advancement of scientific innovation and economic growth. National STEM Day is an opportunity to encourage your students to explore and pursue their interests in STEM topics, which includes statistics….