One of the more useful skills students could ever learn is an understanding of statistics. Nanny staters, however, are working to prevent this under the guise of “concern” about gambling:
STUDENTS as young as 15 are being taught gambling in maths classes.
Several schools are teaching students in years 10-12 the probability and statistics of making a buck in sports betting, pokies, sweeps and a “day at the races”.
The program is designed to show the risk associated with gambling.
But gambling experts fear it could introduce the youngsters to betting.
In some lessons, students are asked to play card games with their teacher acting as the dealer. They also bet “play money” and tokens on a mock Melbourne Cup and AFL matches.
The Alliance for Gambling Reform’s Dr Charles Livingstone warned the lessons could be harmful.
“Gambling is not an entirely rational exercise and anything that could encourage an unrealistic view of outcomes is potentially unhelpful,” he said. “I’m supportive of the concept but it really needs work if it is to be helpful and not potentially harmful.”
Because teaching kid maths can be “harmful”.
If you haven’t already done so, read Peter L. Bernstein’s Against the gods: The remarkable story of risk.