During a typical day in most workplaces, you run into hundreds of statistics. Now, with the web, that number is growing exponentially. In fields from marketing to defense, the ability to interpret data is invaluable. However, school still fails to teach data analyzation and visualization successfully. With more and more technologies leveraging data visualization, statistics and data visualization should be a part of every high school math curriculum - not just stuck in some obscure AP class. With luck, students might even be able to visualize data in ways as awesome as this:
We need to see more teachers like Dan thinking about data visualization in the classroom:
Data viz is something I want to do better next year. I feel like methods for making sense of multiple strands of informations will be an entry point for 21st-century learning in my classrooms.
Thanks to Christian for bringing this up.