BBC Program Uses Wisconsin Republicans To Show Math Abuse

Last evening while listening to the BBC I was not prepared for the opening to the Forum program where sixty seconds is allocated to someone to present an idea that can change the world.

Professor Ian Stewart, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University, wants to stamp out math abuse, and used Wisconsin Republicans as an example of what he was talking about.

“In 2011 the Republican Party of Wisconsin stated that over half of U.S. job growth came from their state in June.  9,500 jobs out of 18,000.”

I found it incredibly funny the hijinks that Wisconsin Republicans would play with statistics would make it all the way across the drink and wind up on a BBC radio program.

As Stewart notes there are two main kinds of math abuse.  The first using bad mathematics to mislead or confuse, and the second to airbrushing math out of history when it plays a vital role but doesn’t get mentioned.

I will leave it to my readers to ponder which kind of math abuse Wisconsin Republicans most often engage in under Walker and Company.



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