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#### From the Ted Talk by Arthur Benjamin: Teach statistics before calculus!

## Unscramble the Blue Letters

I think if our students, if our high school students — if all of the American citizens — knew about probability and sacistitts, we wouldn't be in the economic mess that we're in today. (Laughter) (Applause) Not only — thank you — not only that ... but if it's taught pprrloey, it can be a lot of fun. I mean, probability and statistics, it's the mathematics of games and gambling. It's analyzing trends. It's pitnrdcieg the frtuue. Look, the wlord has changed from analog to digital. And it's time for our mathematics curriculum to change from analog to digital, from the more classical, continuous mathematics, to the more mdroen, discrete mathematics — the mathematics of uncertainty, of randomness, of data — that being probability and statistics.
## Open Cloze

I think if our students, if our high school students — if all of the American citizens — knew about probability and **__________**, we wouldn't be in the economic mess that we're in today. (Laughter) (Applause) Not only — thank you — not only that ... but if it's taught **________**, it can be a lot of fun. I mean, probability and statistics, it's the mathematics of games and gambling. It's analyzing trends. It's **__________** the **______**. Look, the **_____** has changed from analog to digital. And it's time for our mathematics curriculum to change from analog to digital, from the more classical, continuous mathematics, to the more **______**, discrete mathematics — the mathematics of uncertainty, of randomness, of data — that being probability and statistics.
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- future
- predicting
- world
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## Original Text

I think if our students, if our high school students — if all of the American citizens — knew about probability and statistics, we wouldn't be in the economic mess that we're in today. (Laughter) (Applause) Not only — thank you — not only that ... but if it's taught properly, it can be a lot of fun. I mean, probability and statistics, it's the mathematics of games and gambling. It's analyzing trends. It's predicting the future. Look, the world has changed from analog to digital. And it's time for our mathematics curriculum to change from analog to digital, from the more classical, continuous mathematics, to the more modern, discrete mathematics — the mathematics of uncertainty, of randomness, of data — that being probability and statistics.
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