>>> Dan Fendel <firstname.lastname@example.org> - 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