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

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I think if our students, if our high school students — if all of the acemairn citizens — knew about probability and statistics, we wouldn't be in the economic mess that we're in today. (laugther) (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 dgtiail, from the more classical, cuonuontis mathematics, to the more modern, discrete mathematics — the mmictaaehts of uncertainty, of randomness, of data — that being piirabtbloy and statistics.

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I think if our students, if our high school students — if all of the ________ citizens — knew about probability and statistics, we wouldn't be in the economic mess that we're in today. (________) (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 _______, from the more classical, __________ mathematics, to the more modern, discrete mathematics — the ___________ of uncertainty, of randomness, of data — that being ___________ and statistics.

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  5. continuous
  6. american

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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