The Impact of Innumeracy

By the time we reach voting age, almost all Americans have at least a high school education. That means we have been exposed to numerous math courses, and hopefully passed them. But that does not mean we have a good sense of numbers. Innumeracy in the modern sense means that one does not have a […]

Statistics. What language is that?

It seems that a many intro statistics students struggle with the “language” of stats. I am working on a micro-course on that topic and I ran across this article: Statistics for people in a hurry. It is well worth the read the 8-minute read.

A Good Read and it Adds Uo!

This NYT’s article is another showcasing their excellent use of data visualizations to communicate important concepts. Well worth the 7 minute read. Where Boys Outperform Girls in Math: Rich, White and Suburban Districts

No Regrets

I’m sure most of us are familiar with Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken. I was reminded of the last two lines this morning by an article in Inc. on Jeff Bezos. It makes the point that most often in life we don’t regret the things we do. Rather, we regret the things we […]

Procrastination and Your Stats Grade

Procrastination. I think we all suffer from this human problem. And we all probably have a sense that it rarely leads to optimum outcomes, though the ancient Greeks and Romans thought it was preferable to do things later after more reflection. (Partnoy, 2012) Studies of the impact of procrastination on outcomes in online courses tell […]

On Quantitative Literacy

I may be a bit biased, but I believe our Excelsior quantitative courses are critical to our students. I found this article about an interview with Dr. Rebecca Goldin, Director of STATS and professor at George Mason University, about the importance of quantitative literacy: You argue that statistical literacy gives citizens a kind of power. […]