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Activity Number: 152 - Making an Impact in Statistics Education: Waller Award Winner Perspectives
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and Data Science Education
Abstract #300308 Presentation
Title: Recognizing Human Progress
Author(s): Allan Rossman*
Companies: Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Keywords: statistics education; human progress; Rosling; Pinker; cognitive bias

Hans Rosling and his colleagues have asked thousands of people: In the last 20 years, has the proportion of the world's population living in extreme poverty doubled, remained about the same, or been cut in half? Rosling mentions that in every country, less than 25% answer correctly, and only 5% answer correctly in the U.S. Steven Pinker has argued that "the world has made spectacular progress in every single measure of human well-being" and also that "almost noone knows about it." In this talk I suggest that statistics teachers can make a positive impact by introducing students to such data and making them aware of cognitive biases that prevent people from recognizing progress.

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