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01-05-07, 09:22 AM #1
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 1950: 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 1960: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for
$100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his
3. Teaching Math In 1970: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for
$100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
4. Teaching Math In 1980: 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 1990: 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 thinkof 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)
6. Teaching Math In 2007: Un hachero vende una carretada de
maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?
"Stupid should hurt."
01-05-07, 09:32 AM #2
Ain't that the freakin truth!!
01-05-07, 10:16 AM #3
Yo, Ronin... I couldn't understand anything from the 2007 question except the numbers... They're trying to teach my kids this New Math B.S. I can't even help my 10yo with her godsdamned math homework. They don't even understand it. I'm going to have to teach them all over again... DAMMIT!"Where's your towel Arthur?" -Ford Prefect
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I take delight in the juice of the barley,
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01-05-07, 10:29 AM #4
Haha, that's great!
01-05-07, 12:28 PM #5
01-05-07, 02:29 PM #6SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING:
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01-05-07, 03:40 PM #7
cop math...... 1 kilo + 2 guns in car = a butt load of court and overtime" The hardest thing about disarming an armed suspect is not slipping on your own shit "
Michael P. Gordon E.O.W 08 Aug 2004
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01-05-07, 10:27 PM #8
I'd heard this before, but not the version updated for 2007. It gets worse and worse every decade."I'm not a coward,
I've just never been tested
I'd like to think that if I was,
I would pass"
~Mighty Mighty Bosstones~
01-05-07, 10:57 PM #9
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