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The case for starting statistics education in kindergarten

The US appears focused on math education, especially when it comes to curing American innumeracy. Yet we are in an age when enormous new data sources are now available in academia, business, and government. Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications at Facebook, argued that our kids should study “statistics, because the ability to understand data [will] be the most powerful skill in the twenty-first century.” Hal Varian, chief economist at Google, noted “I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians. And I’m not kidding.” The National Science Foundation reported that the employment rate was highest (at 99%) for PhD mathematicians and statisticians compared to other scientific fields. Therefore, in addition to math education, shouldn’t we be focused on statistics education?

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