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# The New, New Math

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by Mrs Glockrunner, Mar 1, 2012.

1. ### Mrs Glockrunner

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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 1960s:

1. Teaching Math In 1960s (when I was in school)

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 1970s

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 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is \$80. Did he make a profit ? Yes or No

4. Teaching Math In 1990s

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 2000s

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 2012

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara \$100. El costo de la producciones es \$80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

ANSWER: His profit was \$375,000 because his logging business is just a front for his pot farm.

2. ### Boot Stomper

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GREAT post.

3. ### janice6Silver Member

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.................like it!

4. ### HalfHazzardSeñor Member

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The dumber the public as a whole, the better chances I have of being more successful.

5. ### BrenNRA Life Member

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All the way up until they're a majority...like now...then things

And we get

No, the post isn't intended to hijack with some crazy Obama conspiracy theory - just a comment on the people who cry because they can't count, and all those post-election 2008 interviews with them.

Last edited: Mar 2, 2012