Math Education: Calculus or Statistics

For those that follow my education themed posts you’ll know that I’m a strong proponent of limiting the emphasis on tests as the deciding factor for a student. I believe tests are valuable, but they can’t be over weighted. Tests are great for showing comprehension of theory and book learning. Seldom does it align with applied learning. And that is what I think we should have more of, kids applying the material in the real world. It takes more time, but the effects are lasting.

Which brings me to the point of this post. Arthur Benjamin is a math teacher who in February of this year (2009) spoke briefly at TED. His speech is pasted below. He suggests a change in approach in math curriculum. Right now everything is additive to calculus. But what Mr. Benjamin suggests is that everything should be additive to Statistics. The reason is that statistics are entirely more useful in the average person’s day. He mentions risk and reward, trade offs, likelihoods, and several other times it would be useful.

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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