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post #1 of 11
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DONT take offence

I got this in an email

Subject: Math 1950-2007

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 called the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction, she stood there and cried.

Why do I tell you this?

Answer: Because of the evolution in teaching math since 1950.

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 profit?

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 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)

6. Teaching Math In 2007

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?
post #2 of 11
Thats about the truth of it too! It's funny to see people try to make change w/out a computer telling them how much to make.
post #3 of 11
OMG... TEARS! I'm in tears!
post #4 of 11
Oh, ain't it the Truth!!
Here in Washington state the schools have a test that certain grades have to pass. When I did research on the test, alot of people are against it, I found a youtube video. It shows math as I was taught in the 70's, then it shows math taught now; I mean like multiplication (536x94) type of stuff.
Geeeeeezzzzzzz. It's insane, why couldn't TPTB just leave it alone??
post #5 of 11
OMG that's so true!
I used to work at BK for two years as a cashier too! But I'm a wiz at math. I think they should take away kids calculators in Elementary school and have them limited in Jr. High so they learn how to do the math in their own heads! It's so much faster than punching it in a calculator. I've seen kids when I was in highschool rely on their calculators so much that they begged the teachers to have them during the tests. That's sad IMO.
post #6 of 11
Good one!

But I shouldn`t really laugh because my maths is terrible. Numbers make my head hurt
post #7 of 11
That's halarious! Unfortunately, it's too true!
post #8 of 11
Kids are allowed to use calculators in class now?? In grade school??? That is incredible. I wasn't allowed to use a calculator until High School in Pre-Cal, and they it was only for the sine, cosine, etc. Wow.
post #9 of 11
And people wonder WHY kids are "dumb" today. They don't even REQUIRE elementary kids to be memorizing the multiplication tables! This is so sad and sick and it will be worse in the next 10 yrs!
post #10 of 11
Yep, it's true. Calculators for all grades practically! We're making our own kids 'dumb' by letting them take the easy route to learning.
post #11 of 11
Most people my age can make change--but those who can't often can't go to college and land in low-paid jobs where they have to make change. Stupid, isn't it?

What they really ought to do is make sure those who aren't good at schoolwork can learn a trade, rather than getting dumped into jobs where people look down on them, and which they aren't even suited for. Those jobs should be done by teenagers learning how to make a living, or part-timers who need extra money, or seniors supplementing their pensions... just should NOT be full-time careers. Nobody should have to spend their lives working at McDonald's.
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