> > You're right. Statistics teachers can talk about the importance of > statistics until the cows come home, it's the admissions departments (& high > school guidance departments that interpret the wisdom from on high) that > have the microphones.
A quicker and possibly better approach might be to connect with the colleges YOUR students go to. In addition to the attitudes of the admissions office, there is the question of what courses are actually required in various majors, and how many people actually enroll in those majors.
Historically, the college prep. curriculum was designed for the tiny minority who went to college. As more and more people go to college, it has made sense to design a single high school curriculum for all (or the middle 90%) students. This curriculum should prepare students for life and for what TODAYS students will study in college. I see AP Stats. as part of this trend. It is the more appropriate course (than AP Calculus) for many students and many majors. As I've already posted enrollment figures for PSC, stats is the mor appropriate course for >80%
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