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Evolution of the teaching of math (sad but true)
« on: November 03, 2013, 06:39:11 AM »
Years of Math 1950 - 2013

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58.
The counter girl took my $ 2 and I was digging for my change
when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her.
She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking
at the screen on her register.

I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters,
but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction
to her, she stood there and cried.

Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In1970s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80.
Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and
his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990s
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and
cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands.
He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making
a living?
Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and
squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers,
and if you feel like crying, it's ok. )

6. Teaching Math In 2009
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la roducciones es $80.
Cuantodinero ha hecho?

7. Teaching Math In 2013
Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's property.
He won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says it's OK anyway
cuz it's redistributing the wealth.

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Re: Evolution of the teaching of math (sad but true)
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 06:56:27 AM »
That is satire, but it is the truth.  It is so true that it makes me want to cry.

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