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Bob Hayden

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Re: books (fwd)
Posted: May 8, 1996 9:34 AM
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> Degrees tell us very little about what people really know,


I don't know about that. While there may be exceptions, I'll bet the
mean score on the AP Stats. exam would be much higher for statistics
Ph.D.s than for people with no degrees in statistics at all.

their ability to
> teach, their ability to write, or their ability to write for a specific
> audience.


I agree that degrees tell you NOTHING about this.

The singular questions as each of us pick a book appropriate for
> our students is: "How well will it help the student understand, retain, and
> enhance interest in the material of the course."
>


Ah, but what is "the material of the course"? The books in question
here are pre-Tukey plug-and-chug books. Is that what the AP course is
about? I wouldn't adopt a chemistry text that had "fire" on the list of
elements no matter how well written it was.

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