Teaching Risk Analysis in School
"I regard myself as part of a movement we call risk literacy," Professor Spiegelhalter told The Times. "It should be a basic component of discussion about issues in media, politics and in schools.
"We should essentially be teaching the ability to deconstruct the latest media story about a cancer risk or a wonder drug, so people can work out what it means. Really, that should be part of everyone's language.""
As an aspect of science, risk was "as important as learning about DNA, maybe even more important," he said. "The only problem is putting it on the curriculum: that can be the kiss of death. At the moment we can do it as part of maths outreach, maths inspiration, which is a real privilege because we can make it fun. It's not teaching to an exam. But I actually think it should be in there, partly to make the curriculum more interesting."
Reminds me of John Paulos's Innumeracy.
Posted on January 26, 2009 at 1:55 PM • 25 Comments