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Math old and new
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Les...fortunate    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:38:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just got this in my email. Thought you might enjoy it.

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?

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?

Teaching Math in 1970:
A logger exchanges a set "L" of lumber for a set "M" of money. The cardinality of set "M" is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set "M." The set "C", the cost of production, contains
20 fewer points than set "M." Represent the set "C" as the subset of set M and answer this question: What is the cardinality of the set "P" of profits?

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.

Teaching Math in 1990:
By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the forest birds and squirrels "feel" as the logger cut down the trees? There are no wrong answers.

Teaching Math in 2000:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $120. How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60?

Teaching Math in 2010:
El hachero vende un camion carga por $100. La cuesta de productiones..


Ladyhawk    Posted 08-15-2003 at 06:26:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is exactly what happened. My son in 8th grade was having a hard time in math. I went and sat in his class room. 50 percent was taught in spanish. Needless to say sh*t it the fan that year.


Jimbob    Posted 08-14-2003 at 20:23:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your post litterly blew mw away. The spanish one just launched me! It is screwed beyond words.


I'm still laughing..............


LMAO...    Posted 08-14-2003 at 18:56:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only ones I understood were the 50's and the 70's 'word problem'...

That tells me something about myself...I think...At least I hope I think...

Um...

I'll respond again in the morning...

I have to cogitate a might...

Salmon-I-



ret    Posted 08-14-2003 at 16:02:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boy, you sure got that right. Ought to send it to my congress lady. Darn shame it is exactly the way we are going. Know anyone out there that wants to stop it? NO


STEVEN H    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:48:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, oh my that last one hurt i laughed so hard


Cindi    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:48:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
It might as well be another language. Have you seen the math in the kids books today?

Jake failed seventh grade this year. Flat F in math, F in PE for not dressing out, F in Science for not keeping a daily log, 80% of the grade.

He is now in a class comprised of sixth seventh and eight graders, each child having failed a grade for similar reasons.

Today they were given an evaluation type test. Out of fifty vocabulary questions he mised two. Teacher could not belive that he knew what a podiatrist was. He couldn't either. Said he didn't know how he knew it, he just did.

In math, he missed fifteen out of fifty. Ironically he knows his multiplication table, knows how to divide, subtract add, all using long math on a sheet of paper. He can do any problem given him if it's given him in a normal manner.

This class offers the opportunity to prove this, if he passes this year he will go straight into ninth grade. I have my fingers crossed that he will somehow, some way, get a grip on this math.


ret    Posted 08-14-2003 at 16:15:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
that is one thing that was wrong in Ca in the 70s. when we moved there from Ia, my stepson was a failing student. In Ca, he done fine. You could not fail a class in those days. Best of all, you got credit for archery, pottery making, and just about anything else they taught. However, his math was horrible, he still can't spell and his writing suffers terribly. They didn't have spelling on a regular basis, or penmanship. By the way Cindi, get on him a little, he is not showing responsibility. You can do it. If you can kick a mad sow in the head, you can kick your son in the a**


Cindi    Posted 08-14-2003 at 17:11:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh trust me, I have. He's got boot prints on both cheeks. I told him he was not failing again over laziness. That's all it was pure D laziness.


Les    Posted 08-14-2003 at 15:34:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thankfully, I was done my formal schooling by 1970 and missed all that kind of crap they were teaching at that time.


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