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Old 05-20-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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History of Math

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and 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:

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 sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

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

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.)

Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera por $100. El cargo de produccion es $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar?


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Old 05-20-2006, 03:03 PM   #2
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thats awesome!!
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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?



i think i know this one:



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Ughhhhhh! No Deal! Howie! No Deal!
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Funny stuff. But the sad part is I did have something like that happen where the person did not understand what to do lol

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Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King for $3.58.

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Funny stuff. But the sad part is I did have something like that happen where the person did not understand what to do lol
Ditto here. Education is just like anything else in life these days, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
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Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera por $100. El cargo de produccion es $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar?


Viente tortillas en Estados Unidos. El precio de tortillas en Mexico no estan alta. Aquel una persona puede comprar muchos tortillas sin esta teniendo pagar muchos pesos.

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The problem is, the schools don't teach real math anymore...they teach some kind of bizarre grouping, and math has become an approximate thing.

I tried to help my niece with her math homework a few times, and I can't. We don't speak the same language. It's deeply disturbing to me that math has been dumbed down...something that NEEDS to be precise, cannot be allowed to become accurate, let alone approximate.

I feel sorry for these kids that are being "educated" nowadays...
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The problem is, the schools don't teach real math anymore...they teach some kind of bizarre grouping, and math has become an approximate thing.

I tried to help my niece with her math homework a few times, and I can't. We don't speak the same language. It's deeply disturbing to me that math has been dumbed down...something that NEEDS to be precise, cannot be allowed to become accurate, let alone approximate.

I feel sorry for these kids that are being "educated" nowadays...

I have a 14 yr. old niece, and I've helped her in the past with homework. I was helping her with a math assignment once, and she told me that the answers only counted for 40% of the grade. Just showing the you "tried" to work out the problems, even if you get them wrong, will still get you 50 points. The other 10% is for putting your last name, first name, in the upper right hand corner of the paper, followed by the date, and the hour of the class! I couldn't ****ing believe that.
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I have a 14 yr. old niece, and I've helped her in the past with homework. I was helping her with a math assignment once, and she told me that the answers only counted for 40% of the grade. Just showing the you "tried" to work out the problems, even if you get them wrong, will still get you 50 points. The other 10% is for putting your last name, first name, in the upper right hand corner of the paper, followed by the date, and the hour of the class! I couldn't ****ing believe that.
Yup, that's what I'm talking about...it's just an absolute travesty that this PC thing has taken over the education system. We are preparing an entire generation of children to not only fail in the face of pacific rim competition, but also be completely clueless in how to deal with that failure, since "They are all winners" now.
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