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Topic: Re: Are humans...(a better way to teach stats?) (fd) (fwd)
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Michael Paul Goldenberg

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Re: Are humans...(a better way to teach stats?) (fd) (fwd)
Posted: Nov 20, 1995 9:00 PM
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At 6:15 PM 11/20/95, wrote:
>In a message dated 95-11-20 14:03:29 EST, (Andrei
>TOOM) writes:

>>The trouble with this is frankly that lots of these real-world
>>(or "real-world" - I don't think it makes much difference!) problems,
>>are, frankly, BORING. As Pat Ballew says, no student is actually
>>interested in problems about defective light-bulbs, even though one or two

>>the people who make light-bulbs might be very interested in the answers.

>This is true. Students can be turned on by interesting problems, but
>virtually none care if the problem has real world applications. To a 16 year
>old, the real world is getting a date, not defective light bulbs.

So what would you conclude from this observation, Kent? Ignore student
interests, or take advantage of it to construct problems that take their
interests into account without sacrificing mathematical depth and meaning?

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