Why is it important to learn about statistics and data?

Today we discussed why it’s important to learn about statistics and looked at several examples of data visualization. Their favorites were a map showing all of the reported bike thefts in San Francisco and one showing how high school dropouts and college grads are moving to different places in the United States. The students then spent time each finding their own examples of data visualization. We had time to discuss a few of their examples with the rest of the class.