Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Statistics: Tool for Life Gets Short Shrift," by Richard Rothstein. The New York Times, 28 November 2001.

The writer advocates that students---future citizens---need "grounding in dataanalysis." Rothstein reports that across the nation educators are trying torectify the imbalance between calculus and statistics in the high schoolmath curriculum. Knowledge of statistics and probability "will be importantbecause common debates about health, justice, economic and legal policy allassume familiarity with statistics."

--- Annette Emerson