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Topic: Re: WHY??? ge? (y/n) y
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Bob Hayden

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Re: WHY??? ge? (y/n) y
Posted: Mar 14, 1997 11:44 AM
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----- Forwarded message from Joe H Ward -----

Adding to Paul's and others' comments -- IMHCO (In My Honest CYNICAL Opinion)
much of what is studied in introductory stat courses is primarily of
HISTORICAL interest! "If I HAD TO LEARN THIS STUFF, THEN THE STUDENTS
SHOULD HAVE TO!" The availability of the computer and internet
SHOULD CHANGE both the content and instructional approach in intro
stat courses -- but CHANGE IS SLOW! :-)

----- End of forwarded message from Joe H Ward -----

Joe is right, of course. At the same time, we have to remember that
the purpose of an AP exam is to get students credit for a college
course, not to break new ground in curriculum reform. If the high
schools teach a radical course unlike anything going on in the
colleges, very few students will get college credit for it. I think
the AP Stats. Committee has done an excellent job of being ahead of
its time but not so far ahead as to be a voice crying in the
wilderness.


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