Lying with Statistics
Some think mathematicians lie with statistics...but the government is even worse. And its own statistics show this!
The government has set a goal of reducing the number of hungry households to no more than 6% of the population.....despite the fact that twice that number are hungry. So how did the government meet their goal?
They first replaced "hunger" by the gobblygook phrase "low food security" ...and came up with a new definition: "a potential consequence of food insecurity that, because of prolonged, involuntary lack of food, results in discomfort, illness, weakness or pain that goes beyond the usual uneasy sensation."
We need to do the same thing in mathematics. For example, we need to reduce the percentage of students who can't count properly in middle schools...so lets measure the percentage of "nondactylographic reckoners." It's that easy!
Source: "Editorial," New York Times, November 20, 2006
