# QUOTES

H. G. Wells

For complete initiation as an efficient citizen, it is necessary to be able
to compute, to think in averages and maxima and minim.

Helen M. Walker

Florence Nightingale believed that the administrator could only be successful
if he were guided by statistical knowledge.

Seymour Papert

What an individual can learn, and how he learns it, depends on what models
he has available.

E. Fischbein

Schools cultivate the belief that to fully know and understand a phenomenon
means referring it to a unique causal relationship. Would it be better to
prepare the child early for the synthesis of the possible and the determined?

Susanne P. Lajoie & Thomas
A. Romberg

Statistics education in its current form is inadequate.

Gudmund R. Iverson

Statistics can play a strong role in liberal arts education, in part because
of the advances that have taken place in computer technology.

Mathematics
Standards Committee

(Report to the New York State Commissioner of Education)

The goal of all teachers of mathematics should be to inspire their students
to appreciate the power and beauty of mathematics.

Michael Schiff & Arie Y. Lewin

Accounting education should include appropriate attention to behavioral considerations.

# ARTICLES

*Complex Systems in Education: Scientific and Educational
Importance and Implications for the Learning Sciences*

by Michael J. Jacobson & Uri Wilensky

The multidisciplinary study of complex systems in the physical and social
sciences over the past quarter of a century has led to the articulation
of important new conceptual perspectives and methodologies that are of
value both to researchers in these fields as well as to professionals,
policymakers, and citizens who must deal with challenging social and global
problems in the 21st century. (abstract) (view/download full-text pdf)

*The History of the Bell Curve: Sorting and the Idea of Normal*

by Lynn Fendler and Irfan Muzaffar

The history of the bell curve, from a representation of binomial probability,
to a bearer of real things in nature, and finally to a set of expectations
about how people should behave. (abstract) (full
text online)

*Desired and Fearedâ€”What Do We Do Now and Over the Next 50 Years?*

by Xiao-Li Meng

Statistics, as a discipline, is now both desired and feared. This
article suggests ways to prepare the profession to meet the ever-increasing
demand, in terms of both quantity and quality. See also **responses** to this
article.

**Teaching Statistics in Integration with Psychology**

How to motivate students in another subject area to study statistics.

*Childhood
Origins of Adult Resistance to Science*

by Paul Bloom and Deena Skolnick Weisberg

Both adults and children resist acquiring scientific information that clashes
with common-sense intuitions. (pdf)

# BOOK DESCRIPTIONS

*Successful STEM Education: A Workshop Summary*

Alexandra Beatty, Rapporteur

What students learn about the science disciplines, technology, engineering,
and mathematics during their K-12 schooling shapes their intellectual development,
opportunities for future study and work, and choices of career, as well
as their capacity to make informed decisions about political and civic
issues and about their own lives.

# COURSE OUTLINES

*Exploring
Economic Inequality with Data*

The National Numeracy Network

This set of assignments exposes students to data pertaining to economic
inequality in international and historical context.

# VIDEOS

**Arthur Benjamin's formula for changing math education**

A proposal to replace calculus with probability and statistics in secondary
schools, reflecting the shift from the analog to the digital age.

**Changing
Education Paradigms**

Animate taken from a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson.

**getstats video - the Royal Statistical Society's statistical literacy
campaign**

Giving everyone the skills and confidence to use numbers well.

# INTERACTIVE WEBSITES

WISE: Web Interface for Statistics Education

Easy access to a wide range of internet resources and interactive tutorials
on key statistical concepts.

Computer Animated Statistics

Standard topics of statistics and probability are presented in a novel
and visual way using computer animated images. Interactive demonstrations
include The
Gambler's Ruin and The
Monty Hall Paradox.

# LINKS

**Medical
Ignorance**

Using the insights and techniques of medical ignorance to improve science education
and health literacy by focusing on Questions, Questioning and Questioners.

AAAS Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Seminar

The first comprehensive effort by a scientific society to work directly
with school boards on science, mathematics, and technology education.

**Pedagogy in Action**

The Science Education Resource Center, resources for educators in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

**WISE:
Web Interface for Statistics Education**

Easy access for students and teachers of statistics to a wide range of resources
that are freely available on the Internet.

**When
Will I Use Math?**

The value of mathematics education in life and work.

**CAUSE**

An organization whose mission is to support and advance undergraduate statistics
education.

**A
Complete List of Online Math Resources**

A comprehensive collection of resources for all math subjects, from the basics
to calculus. (Thanks to Lauren Jackson for the reference)

**Brightstorm**

Free homework help videos covering every topic in Math and Science. A community
of learners asking each other questions and getting free
homework help.

**National
Math and Science Initiative**

American students are falling behind in the essential subjects of math and science,
putting [the U.S.] position in the global economy at risk. The mission of the
National Math and Science Initiative is to help provide the ideas, inspiration,
and resources to close the gap.

The Education Arcade

The Education Arcade explores games that promote learning through authentic
and engaging play.

Causality in Statistics Education Award

A new prize aimed at encouraging the
teaching of basic causal inference in introductory statistics courses.

**Passion
Driven Statistics**

The Passion Driven Statistics curriculum as Wesleyan University introduces students
to statistics by allowing them to ask and answer statistical questions that they
care about.

The World of Statistics

A global network of more 2,350 organizations worldwide committed to:

- Increasing public awareness of the power and impact of statistics on all aspects of society
- Nurturing statistics as a profession, especially among young people
- Promoting creativity and development in the sciences of probability and statistics