Consider what young people are learning in school today. Concepts such as mean, mode, range and probability theory, once taught in freshman university statistics courses, are introduced to children in their early elementary school years. Children are taught these methods in a very practical way. For example, if you have x dimes, y quarters and z nickels in your pocket, what is the chance of you pulling a dime from your pocket? Learning about range, mode, median, interpolation and extrapolation follow in short succession.
We already see the impact of this learning shift with Gen Y, or Echo boomers, who are entering the work force. They are accustomed to easy access to information and are highly self-sufficient in understanding its utility. Following the progression, the next generation after them will not have any fear of analytics or looking toward an "expert” to do the math.
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