These tips give parents ideas for math exercises that will develop their child's math abilities. Today’s parent tip for “mathing” with your child focuses on shapes.
"Statistics are the heart of democracy."— Simeon Strunsky, essayist and editorialist, NYT 1944In the information age, as the volume of digital and electronic data increases exponentially, the field of statistics is enjoying its heyday. In honor of Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month in April, it’s time to take a fresh look at statistics, which not only plays a pivotal role in modern society but is also a pretty great career choice!
Cool Stat: There are far more trees on Earth (about 3 trillion) than there are stars in the Milky Way (about 100 billion). — WorldAtlas.comPeople use statistics every day to improve society, have fun, satisfy curiosity and make money. But statistics isn’t just about crunching numbers. Like math, it’s a tool and a method for understanding the world. Every time you check the weather, read about business or elections, buy a retail product or take medicine, statistics played a role in making that information or product available and in determining its price. Want to fight for human or animal rights? You’ll need stat for that. Want to solve a global health crisis, cure cancer or save the environment? You’ll need stat for that, too.
We read or hear statistics all the time, often without realizing it. Source: Statusbrew.com
Cool Stat: There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. — Mathematical Association of AmericaStudents interested in becoming full-time statisticians typically obtain a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics, computer science or another quantitative field. They often go on to earn a master’s degree in a quantitative field or in another area, but with a focus on statistics.
Cool Stat: The U.S. leads the world in time spent watching television, with an average of more than 4.5 hours each day. — The Nielsen Company
Source: statisticsguruonline.comFor example, let’s say you ask a sample of 100 guests attending a theme park if they eat cotton candy. You could make a bar chart of “yes” or “no” answers (descriptive statistics) that would be true for those 100 people. Or, you could use your research (and inferential statistics) to estimate that around 60-65% of the population (all guests in all theme parks) eat cotton candy. Both types of statistics would be helpful to the theme park’s owners. It’s easiest to remember that statistics answer questions that don’t have a single answer. For example, "How much do you weigh?" is not a statistical question. But "How much do the students in your school weigh?" is.
Statistics can find trends and, in presenting them to the public, change behavior. Source: www.plg-pllc.com
Cool Stat: On average, teachers affect more than 3,000 students during their career. — We Are TeachersFrom 2007 to 2017, 4th and 8th grade students' scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in mathematics fell significantly on problems related to data analysis, statistics and probability — a decline that helped drive overall dips on the math test in 2017 (Education Week, May 2018). With the advent of data science, some educators are now pushing to add statistics classes that don’t require a calculus prerequisite or to integrate statistics and data literacy into classes such as science or history, sometimes as early as middle school. For now, only a minority of students will take a statistics class in high school. In college, though, a long list of majors require one or more classes in statistics, including engineering and any science (including all agricultural, medical, and social sciences). Business and many humanities majors may also require statistical understanding for such wide-ranging fields as education, urban or ethnic studies, linguistics, and law.
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