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Topic: College Teachers Helping HS
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Al Coons

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College Teachers Helping HS
Posted: Feb 11, 1996 2:35 PM
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Chris Olson wrote:

>In re college teachers vs(?) high school teachers, I think both have
necessary functions to perform.

I agree.

A few more very important tasks college teachers could help with is to
communicate how colleges view statistics as an important part of a HS
mathematics curriculum.

1) HS mathematics departments need to hear that statistics should receive
more emphasis within many of the existing courses (we get into many
emphasize/deemphasize discussion over The Standards).

2) We also need to hear both how college departments and College ADMISSIONS
view a student with AP Statistics rather than AP Calculus on their
application (of course, we would like to see both). I sense that a lot of
"departments" within colleges would rather have their students arrive with a
good statistics course than a good calculus course. Yet many students will
take Calculus since it is perceived that it will help their college
admissions. Colleges need to be pro-active on this. Departments need to
talk to admissions and admissions needs to make direct statements to High
Schoosl. If Admissions take a passive role it will years before HS
departments accept in their hearts the equal importance of Stats and

3) Since college teachers have little to do with their time - right - it
would be great if they could link up with high schools. Help HS students see
examples of how statistics is used at the colleges they will be attending in
just a year or two. I am sure that this happens already and I am about to
contact some local alums.

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