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Author Scheaffer, Richard L.
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Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Blood Pressure ♦ Vital Front ♦ Physical Scientist ♦ Quantitative Method ♦ Statistical Education Today ♦ Accurate Count ♦ Leading Editorial Writer State ♦ Social Agenda ♦ Concept-based Course ♦ Quality Plan ♦ Racial Discrimination ♦ Financial Expert ♦ Continued Progress ♦ Data Analysis Strand ♦ Recent Work ♦ U.s. Census Bureau ♦ Leading Senator ♦ General Public ♦ Weak Grasp ♦ Many People ♦ Statistic Curriculum ♦ Neural Network ♦ Neal Lane ♦ Enumeration Method ♦ Synergistic Effect ♦ Recent Year Statistic Education ♦ Quality Management Philosophy ♦ Practical Ground ♦ Literate Citizenry ♦ Statistic Education ♦ Product Improvement
Description In recent years statistics education has moved forward on three vital fronts, data analysis strands in schools, concept-based courses in colleges, and quantitative methods for product improvement in industry. Continued progress in all areas is essential, and this can be accomplished through the synergistic effects of these three arms working together. Building bridges among the three can expand the use of statistics in industry while producing a statistics curriculum in schools and colleges that can be defended and sustained on both academic and practical grounds. STATISTICS- WHO CARES? Charged with producing a more accurate count of the population, the U.S. Census Bureau decided to use sampling, in addition to enumeration methods, for the 2000 Census. A leading Senator responds that “sampling is another word for guessing ” and a leading editorial writer states that “sampling is not enumeration ” and sampling is “no science.” In a survey of Fortune 500 companies, almost all stated that they had some quality plan in place, but about half have less than 40 % of their mangers and workforce knowledgeable in quality management philosophy, concepts and tools (Lackritz, 1997). “Racial Discrimination and Blood Pressure ” is the title of a recent work, one among many, that confuses research with the political, economic and social agendas of the researchers (Satel, 1997; Crossen, 1994). Physical scientists, engineers and financial experts have been know to remark the statistics is not needed anymore as they have “discovered ” neural networks. In spite of these trends, there is more interest in statistical education today than ever before; it is wonderful to see so many people at this ICOTS. But, the fight for a quantitatively literate citizenry throughout the world is far from over- in fact, it might be quite appropriate to quote Churchill in saying that the progress made so far may be only “the end of the beginning.” What are the roadblocks, then, to bringing about this education that those attending this meeting deem so important? Let me suggest a few. Those in charge of the systems that run our lives do not understand and are not committed to this goal. The general public has, at best, a weak grasp of the issues and is easily swayed. (Neal Lane,
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1998-01-01
Publisher Institution In L. Pereira Mendoza (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5 th International Conference on Teaching of Statistics