I'm not going to argue the value of quantitative skills for sharpening one's thinking. The only problem is, in today's world, sharpening your mind in certain directions may be difficult given time/money/ROI available. I'm actually opening up this conversation again to throw in a little note for the "told you so" crowd. I've been reviewing materials for an eCommerce class in a particular MBA program that does not have a direct quantitative skills/statistics requirement. The book I've been looking at is a recommended supplementary Dummies book regarding Web Marketing. In this book, they mention the "long tail" curve. . . essentially, an 80/20 rule regarding sales (which boils down to 80% of your revenue comes from cheap items or niche sales, rather than big stuff). They even mention that Wikipedia has an entry on long tails. . . which will then lead you into a discussion of statistics. Now, most folks with a basic high school education can understand any kind of simple 80/20 rule summarization. But, to really grasp the meaning of a long tail and to have better insight into that rule and how it affects your marketing mix, maybe having taken a statistics course would help-- even a business statistics course. If someone would at least mention these sorts of things in passing while discussing the benefit of quantitative skills for MBAs, it would be a helpful nudge rather than an "eat your vegetables" lecture.