Starting a new semester … engaging students

To aid with the start of the semester…

Statistical Sage Blog

School has started, which is always exciting.  After all, the new school year is filled with GREAT possibilities.

Yet, lets face it … most of the students in our classes this fall aren’t going to have that level of excitement, especially about having to take statistics. I often contemplate, why aren’t students excited about the possibilities of learning statistics? Though I certainly don’t have all of the answers, and look forward to hearing from the sages, I do have a few hypotheses, each that I will be discussing over the course of the next few weeks.

(1) People don’t trust statistics, and the students have heard these comments, possibly for years. http://www.quotegarden.com/statistics.html Take this link to a list of quotes on statistics, and see how many of them basically say … you can use statistics to lie. Of course, it probably doesn’t help labor day marks the start of the big push for…

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