Arthur Benjamin, a mathematician and professor at Harvey Mudd College, believes that we really should be taking a more user-friendly, hands on approach to math curriculum in our schools. He argues that most people use statistics more than the algorithms and processes that lead to calculus. While we do want kids to have a shot at the sciences and engineering, maybe we should also be teaching them probability, trends and the like as well.
This video is from a 2009 Ted talk, which are always interesting. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I use basic statistical analysis in my review of district performance.