Friday math movie: Teach statistics before calculus!
[11 Jan 2013]
Michael Shermer, author of the book Secrets of Mental Math, suggests people should know how probability and statistics works, before they know about calculus.
Now, I love calculus, but I’m the first to agree it’s not so useful for most people down the track (good to know, for sure, but not necessarily essential). However, everyone should know how data is collected and analyzed, and how probability affects all our lives.
Do you agree with him?