In a 3 minute talk on ted.com, mathematician Arthur Benjamin made the argument that it makes sense to give emphasis on statistics instead of on calculus in school, after students have been given a basic background on algebra and arithmetic. Statistics is something most people can use in their day to day life, if only they knew how to. In contrast, people who don't study maths after school hardly find any use of calculus in their daily lives. Obviously such people don't do calculus related jobs, but most of the people are in that category.
How can statistics be used in day to day life by common people if it is emphasized more in the school level? What will some concrete examples of this?
How should a two year post high school curriculum focusing on
statistics instead of on calculus be designed to accomplish the