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Topic: Harvard admissions on statistics -Reply
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Timothy Brown

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Harvard admissions on statistics -Reply
Posted: Feb 15, 1996 9:16 AM
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>>> Dan Fendel <fendel@math.sfsu.edu> - 2/14/96 6:03 PM >>>

>Someone recently (in the last few days) refered to a >statement by a
Harvard admissions officer to the effect that >statistics is more
important than calculus.

>I'd like to know more about that, and didn't save the >message so I
can't reply to that person directly.

>Please re-identify yourself so we can communicate about >it.

Hi Dan et al.
It was me, I confess. Bill Fitzsimmons, Harvard's Director of
(Undergraduate?) Admissions, gave a talk to our faculty about what
Harvard wants it applicants to look like about three weeks ago. I
wasn't able to go (hence "second-hand"), but several other math
teachers told me that he had a great deal to say about how too many
kids take calculus in high school. The general thrust of his
comments was that high school teachers should concentrate on the
fundamentals (an approximate quote: "Let *us* teach the fun stuff"),
but in that context he said something about how much more useful it
would be if they came to college with more statistics.

Tim Brown
Lawrenceville School
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648






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