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5 years 9 weeks ago, 9:03 AM

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Last week 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 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?

5 years 9 weeks ago, 11:02 AM

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samD

Ain't it the truth samD, I am a product of this bullshit......Granted I can count money but still, I see plenty of people my age who can't do much more than count their own fingers....

It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses
5 years 9 weeks ago, 11:28 AM

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schools yesterday. my old High School in Oakland, Calif was ranked lowest academically in the state. 1000 being highest and my school at 326 pts, like 2/3rds worse. Now in my class is the Stanford Dr who did the first heart lung transplant, 1 superior court judge, many judges, drs, lawyers and CPAs. Just coincidently all the schools that were ranked lowest were liberal run, lower socio economic areas. I would bet if I could find out they are probably highest per capita on money spent or wasted on their supposed education.
Show me one Liberal Democratic controlled city/state or whatever, that is thriving and prospering.

5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:27 PM

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What is 2/3rds? HAHAHAAHAHAH JK

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5 years 9 weeks ago, 1:34 PM

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When I pay in cash

I like to figure out the change in my head before the cashier can put it into the register, just to keep from becoming completely dumb. I am a graduate (victim) of the Missouri public education system and school did almost nothing for me. I have learned so much more after school than I did in school. I guess it's easier to learn when you're actually interested in more things. I look at the Huachuca mountains and how some parts are jagged and pointy, while formations right next to it are rounded off and wish I'd paid more attention in Earth Science. Hopefully I can help my son maintain an interest in different things so he isn't a 1.8 GPA loser like his old man.

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