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The Evolution in Teaching Math Since the 1950s

Category: Current Events, Politically Incorrect, Rated G

This is from Bro. Tom Vickery.


1. Teaching Math In the 1950s:
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 the 1960s:
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 the 1970s:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In the 1980s:
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 the 1990s:
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 the 2000s:
If you have special needs or just feel you need assistance because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, childhood memories, criminal background, then don’t answer. The correct answer will be provided for you. There are no wrong answers.

7. Teaching Math In 2011:
Un hachero vende una carrtada de madera para 100 pesos. El costo de la producciones es 80 pesos. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?


Sonya replied with the following, “Now I know why Math has always been my worst subject. No ablay espanole. No spellie either.
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  1. Nick Bender

     /  May 30, 2012

    As a math teacher, I laugh out loud every time I read this piece…the sad thing is, whether politically incorrect or not, most of it is true! Growing up in the ’90s, I can personally attest to the truth behind #5. I actually think #6 very much applies to the schools today as well as in the 2000’s. Giving a quiz or test nowadays can turn into a legal nightmare with IEP’s, test support, etc.

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