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Friday, July 16, 2010

The cashier stood there and cried.

Daniel Allen Butler has found a clever way of using evolving methods of Math Instruction to illustrate the decline and fall of the West....

20 hours ago ·  · 
Daniel Allen Butler
Daniel Allen Butler 
Last week I purchased a Whopper and fries at Burger King for $4.58. The counter girl took my $5, 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 1950s:

1. Teaching Math In 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 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 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 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 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 2009

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

7, Teaching Math InYear 2010: 
Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's Property; he won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says its OK anyway cuz it's redistributing the wealth.
20 hours ago ·  ·  3 people
John White
John White 
very good mate, love it! pmsl........
20 hours ago · 
Kathy Paschke
Kathy Paschke 
truer words have never been spoken!
20 hours ago · 
Lou Denaro
Lou Denaro 
This is so sad but true
20 hours ago · 
Brent Parks
20 hours ago · 
Nick Barnett
Nick Barnett 
Do those figures include the large number of $13 Trillion?
19 hours ago · 
Nick Barnett
Nick Barnett 
Also, do you have a formula for figuring out WHY Obama promised no federal funds for abortion, yet abortion pools are being set up in New Mexico and Pennsylvania already? All thanks to Obama's healthcare bill. What a damn liar!
19 hours ago · 
Daniel Allen Butler
Daniel Allen Butler 
It's actually quite easy to tell when Obama is lying, Nick. It's whenever his lips are moving....
18 hours ago ·  ·  3 people
Amy M. Cleveland
Amy M. Cleveland 
Also, why are his people telling us NOT to watch cable news networks? Is that also in your equation, Daniel?...HMMMMMMMM...something does smell in Denmark...
about an hour ago · 
Amy M. Cleveland
Amy M. Cleveland 
aux "Shades of Shakespeare."
about an hour ago · 

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