Mathematics or “Citizen Statistics”?

Does learning mathematics help to master the statistics necessary to understand the social world we live in? Political scientist Andrew Hacker thinks this is a “math myth” that has led to requirements at the high school level that turns off students to math and then statistics.  Did it happen to you?

See if you agree with Professor Hacker’s logic:

  1. What is the difference between arithmetic, mathematics, and “numeracy,” as Hacker describes them?
  2. Can you explain the problem with Choice A in the Households with Telephones chart?
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