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! :-)
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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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