In 2011, a Harvard professor asked more than 5,000 people how they thought wealth was distributed in the United States, as well as what they thought the ideal
distribution would look like. Most people thought that there was significant inequality with respect to the ideal, but they underestimated the actual
inequality. By a lot.
In this lesson, students use measures of center, five-number summaries, and box plots to examine the different distributions and dig into one of the most important economic and political issues facing the nation.