Assignment #1 Week of January 5

Good afternoon, Division 16

Please take a moment to look at this image


After you’ve spent some time with the data (you can find the numbers at this website if you find the graphic difficult to understand), please answer ONE of the following questions:

1. Which of these statistics jumped out at you as one that requires change on our part? What can we as Canadians do to address this change?

2. Which one of these statistics surprised you?  What assumptions do you think led you to be surprised?  How did you imagine that the results would be different?

3.  Choose one category of information and name two causes for the data to have turned out that way. Make sure you explain your thinking.

As always, re-read your work before posting.  Check for capital letters, spelling and punctuation, but most importantly, does your post answer the question?  Does it make sense?


  1. Cheeseman ABC123

    #2 The gender statistic surprised me because I wouldn’t think there is exactly half and half. Seems to me it would be split differently but not exactly evenly. To me it doesn’t seem like it would be possible to have a world with 50-50 split of male to female. During my life, in almost every class I’ve been in and in the families I know in my neighborhood, there are more boys than girls. I imagined there would be more male than female like 59 to 41.

    • ST Carl

      That is an interesting and well thought observation, CheesemanABC123. The 50/50 split goes show that probabilities reach their expected outcomes with a large sample size, which in this case is the entire population of the world.

  2. Subway2go

    #2 I was surprised that 93 percent of people don’t have a college degree. I was surprised because many people in my family have a college degree. I understand that some of the 93 percent of those people are children, but I still would have thought that more adults would have one. I would have imagined the result to be at least 40 percent of people would have one and 60 percent wouldn’t. I really hope that number hikes up soon, so we can have a more educated world.

    • ST Carl

      Indeed, the percentage of people who don’t have a college degree can seem high. We must realize that not everyone has the same opportunity and access to education, or places the same value on education as we do. With a quick google search, “In 2012, about 53.6% of Canadians aged 15 and over had trade certificates, college diplomas and university degrees. This was an increase of 20.9 percentage points since 1990.” This shows that even in developed countries the notion of attaining a college degree has only recently gained momentum.

  3. balloongirl123

    3 I was surprised that 23 people have no shelter and no home.I was shocked because those people do not have any were to live an stay.

  4. doctor pineapple

    #1 The statistic that jumped out at me the most was the one about peoples overall literacy. It was mainly because of the talk we had from Christina yesterday about the history of education. Because if 17 percent of the population goes without a proper literacy education that’s about 1,240,000,000 people that don’t have an education in literacy on the planet, although that includes people that aren’t in school yet. I think we as Canadians and people all around the world need to do more things to help others who are illiterate because it’s a global issue. Doing things like running programs to help adults to read can be really helpful. Also if kids know that their parents are having troubles with these things they can encourage their parents to learn or even teach their parents themselves. I really hope that this statistic will improve in the near future because it is a very important global issue…

  5. coolschoolscout

    #3 I was surprised that only 2 people would learn Japanese first! I wonder how these statistics were made and who made them. I think the reason for this is because Japanese is only spoken mainly in Japan, whereas French and Chinese are spoken in many places. I wonder if another reason is because fewer parents speak Japanese to their children first instead of English or other languages.

    • ST Carl

      Interesting observation, and I agree with your reasoning. After looking at that list again, I noticed French wasn’t even on it, which unless they forgot or combined with another language, I thought would have enough to have its own distinguished category. After following up on the site’s links on how they got their numbers, I found an interesting fact, “about 50 languages are spoken by only 1 person”.

  6. Scarletcat

    #1 the statistic that really jumped out at me was how men had more education than woman and more men than woman knew how to read and write. The chart showed that not a lot of people were from Canada and the US, and that most of the people were from places that didn’t have the best human and woman rights. In a lot of those places girls and woman are not allowed to go to school and still aren’t. I think its upsetting how in some places there is an uneven amount of education divided by gender that’s given only to males, it’s completely sexist. I think that to change that people from Canada with good educations could go to countries where people don’t have any education and give them lessons and teach them at least the basics.

    • ST Carl

      You raise an important issue on human and women’s rights and how that correlates to education, Scarletcat. Would you send people to educate the governments or the girls of those countries?

  7. The awesomest

    #2 I was surprised that there is an equal amount of males and females in the world because usually in classes or other activity there is not an equal amount. I thought that there would be more males than females.

  8. purplegiraffe47

    only 7 people would have a degree if the world had only 100 people in it, that really jumped out at me and I think that that’s not a number we should be proud of.
    I also had a question, if the world only had 100 people would the world still be like it is in the present day or would it be different with no sky scrapers or big markets? there would only be 5 people in N.A, how could we survive we would need Doctors and Dentists + those people would need to be very educated on what they were doing.I also wonder if there would be a Government or would people make decisions as a country? back to the part about 7 people having a degree it comes to whether or not we have hundreds of schools like now or if this world with 100 people would be a new place different from the way we live if it was different then i’m not sure how we could change anything now that would help those 100 people but if we new this was going to happen to this world we could start to educate everyone including adults to learn if they had never been tot before ❤ ❤
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 ❤ 🙂

    • ST Carl

      It is interesting trying to imagine only 100 people living on this planet, but I think the main reason they narrowed it down to 100 was to make it easier for viewers to relate to the numbers of the statistics rather than giving huge numbers in the millions. Looking at the real number of people, I agree we can still try to provide everyone with an education.

  9. PointyHedgeHog11

    The statistic that surprised me was that 75% of people have cellphones . I didn’t think people who lived in places like Africa would have cellphones becouse they are expensive. I guess they could use people’s old phones that they didn’t need . I think it would be good for people that are poor because they can use the services they need , like being able to call 911. Cellphones are now considered an essential because you can do almost anything at any time . These are the reasons that this statistic surprised .


    #2 the one that surprised me was that there were more males eligible to have primary education then females and the same for secondary education because I thought it would be equal snice it said there was same amount of females and males

  11. cheese curds

    What surprised me the most, was that 16 people would have no toilets. It’s really disgusting and sad. It not healthy and can cause diseases. It makes me ask lots of question, like – how did this happen? Probably because of poverty and homelessness. What we could do as Canadians to help could be, first, send porta potties to places that need them. Also we could send sanitation engineers over to help those countries build permanent toilets.

  12. reader

    3. what I found that was surprising, is that only 7% of the people in the world have a collage degree and 93% of the people in the world do not have a collage degree, I thought it would be the opposite.

  13. Ginger

    I think that it is very good that only one person out of one hundred people are starving, but it is bad that fifteen out of one hundred are undernourished. I think that one of the reasons that there are more undernourished people is that we think that we need to save people from starving to death and then our job is done. But it’s not. There are still people who need food yet don’t have enough money for it and they will eventually fall into the starving category. If we help people in the undernourished category hopefully there will be fewer starving people. I think that it is great that sixty three people out of one hundred are adequately nourished and not over weight. One reason that I think lots of people are stronger and healthier is there is lots of advertising for getting healthier and not eating junk food and many people have realized that fast food restaurants are RBGs (really bad guys) for your health. I think that the world could use a lot more work on encouraging overweight people to lose weight and eat healthier and to help undernourished people have more food and more money for food.

  14. who gets money

    The statistic that surprised me was the nutrition facts. One of my assumptions was that more people would be starving. I would have thought that at least 15 people would be starving. I thought that this would be different because I know that a big problem in the world is lack of food. One of my questions would be, “how much is adequate nutrition?” People might think that adequate is eating way too much, or that ‘overweight’ is normal. This would change the results, depending on what ‘starving’ looked like.

  15. jr.fruitcacke

    I was surprised that 93% of people do not have a college/university degree and 7% do. It surprised me because I assumed that most people in the world would have a college/university degree and that less than 50% would not. It doesn’t seem right that so few have what most people here take for given. I imagined the results to be about 70% to 30%. As you can see in the diagram that is far from true.

  16. gigatool2_is_a_girl

    I was shock that 7% of people have collage degree and 93% of people in the world didn’t have degree collage . I was shock because degree collage was very important.


    i think what most surprised me the most was the 50/50 split of male and female,in every class i have been in there has always been more boys then girls,i have always thought that there would be more boys in the world then girls. to me i always thought of it as about 60% of males and 40% of females.

  18. NerdDurtle

    #3 I was surprised of the language (first) because 62% were other. I think that the people that learn a different language for their spoken word was either taught by family or day care workers. What I also think is that more people will learn English as their first spoken language because the parents decides not to let them learn their language and they will wait until your older enough because it could be difficult for you.

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