# Years of Math 1959 - 2013

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1. ### fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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Years of Math 1959 - 2013
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?

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2. ### U201491Well-Known Member

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It is hilarious and have had similar things like the burger king episode.

But at the same time the rest is all too sadly true.
The deliberate dumbing down principle of the education system for the past 40 yrs+

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3. ### BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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Fredball, if you are the logger, and you log that way, for a Month, will you promise to go see the Eye Doctor, and get glasses, so the print you SEND, can be smaller?

but I agree with the concept.......

philip

4. ### Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze SupporterBronze Supporter

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Wife and I were in a small antique/junk shop on the coast about 6-7 years back and there was a big sign said 10% off anything with a blue tag.

Simple enough.

Wife finds a nice tea cup and saucer that would go with her little collection nicely the blue tag on it says \$5.00

she takes the cup up to the gal at the counter who starts digging around under the cash register for something.

Wife says what ya looking for the girl says "My calculator" Wife says its 10% off \$5.00 the cup and saucer are \$4.50

The girl says "its here some where I saw it just a min ago" my wife repeats the math problem for the girl. Who has now found the calculator. She punches in some numbers and says "oh that can't be right" this says its \$4.50 But it seams like it should be less after all its 10% off

My wife who's a bookkeeper for a major grocery store just shook her head and put a five on the counter and walked out.

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5. ### jimwsea Vancouver, Washington state Active Member

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I worked a cash register in a supermarket in 1970. I had to do all the math in my head. If any of us were off by more than 2 bucks at the end of the day (over or under), we got a demerit. Two demerits in a month and you would be stocking shelves or pedaling the delivery bike...in the rain. For two years, none of us were ever demoted. We had to know, for example, that is something was three for a dollar, the first one was 34 cents and the other two were 33 cents. I'm no longer shocked when I pull out a few pennies after the cashier has finished ringing up a sale, while they stand there deep in thought.

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6. ### simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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Maybe we could give Obama some math lessons too....his job numbers reporting has me a bit baffled.

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7. ### BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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In another thread, I talk about the teacher who taught 2+2 is Five... that is back in vogue now with Obummer's Math !!!!

philip

8. ### 3MTA3 Western Oregon Silver SupporterSilver Supporter

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9. ### WAYNO Oregon City Gold SupporterGold SupporterSilver Supporter

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Well, before the left wingers get this thread locked up because it's offensive to them, let me say I very much appreciated it, and have sent it to another board.

Thank you.

WAYNO.

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