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Topic: APStats credit
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Paul Velleman

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APStats credit
Posted: Jan 29, 1997 11:40 PM
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Bob Hayden notes:
>There are places where these decisions are made on some sort of status basis.

Actually, the APStat exam is much more subversive than most folks realize.
Statistics is an extraordinary field. Most professions that require a PhD
to practice at the highest level are taught at the University level only by
those who have earned that degree in the field. The thought that a
best-selling (say) economics text could be written by a (say) physicist is
absurd. Likewise, a mathematician would not dare to teach a sociology
course just because she had read a few introductory books and had some
courses as a student. Yet non-statisticians write statistics texts
(including some that sell quite well) and non-statisticians teach
statistics in many different departments throughout most universities and

As you might expect, statistics courses (even introductory courses) taught
by nonstatisticians from texts written by nonstatisticians deviate (to a
greater or lesser degree) from courses designed by professionals taught
from books written by statisticians. Fortunately, the APStats course has
been designed by some of the best experts we have in teaching statistics.

Tens of thousands of Freshmen with APStats credits in hand based on a
competent course are about to confront all those nonstatistician
"statistics" teachers. I expect that we will see some reform in the
teaching of statistics at the University level to bring the introductory
courses up to the quality of the APStat course and to bring those that need
it up-to-date in terms of the pedagogical value of motivating learning from
real-world experiences and of using computer and multimedia technology

(Tell your students not to be intimidated when they get to college. If they
score a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, they had a better stats course than the vast
majority of introductory courses taught at the university level, and they
ought to get credit for it.)

Should be interesting to watch...

-- Paul Velleman

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