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No More Boring Statistics

This is a stand alone lesson that was created as part of an Interdisciplinary Project when the  school's timetable was collapsed.

Area of Interaction
Community and Service Education - How society can exclude groups of people.

Key Concept
Global interactions - how cultures are perceived through data.

Concept Question
To what extent can data dissolve preconceived ideas?

Significant Concepts.
  1. To have knowledge of how data can be manipulated.
  2. To understand the limitations of data.
  3. To understand how data can influence how people perceive different countries.

Hans Rosling - No More Boring Data ‎(2006)‎

Activities to Complete with the Ted Talk

 Stopping Point Questions 

1 minute and 11 second
  • Write down which countries which have the highest child mortality rate and why. 
  • Discuss the answers. 
  • Discuss where the students ideas have come from. 
  • Play the results and then discuss them. 

 4 minutes
  • Write a prediction of what will happened to global fertility rates and life expectancy. 
  • Group discussion of the answers. 
  • Play the answers and then discuss with the group if there are any surprises.

 8 minutes and 26 seconds
  • Discuss with the group the results of changing Gross Domestic Product, does any of the data surprise them and why? 
  • (OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Originally comprised of 18 European countries, USA and Canada now 34 countries but mainly MEDCs with the exception of Chile, Mexico, Korea and Israel.)
8 minutes and 40 seconds
  • Discuss the limitations of the data seen so far. 
  • How can this type of data influence our opinions of countries?
  • Play the remainder of the Ted Talk and the students will make notes.

Assignment - 500 word Essay

'To what extent can data influence our perception of how developed a country is.'

Think about the following points:

  • Strength/usefulness of data
  • Weaknesses of data
  • Remember to give evidence
Assessment Criteria C and D - click here

Thought provoking quotes
Find a quote which encourages equality. Discuss the findings.

“Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

Create a list of actions that promote justice and equality.