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    Default Evolution of Teaching Math

    Teaching Math in 1950:
    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.
    What is his profit?

    Teaching Math in 1960:
    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?

    Teaching Math in 1970:
    A logger exchanges a set "L" of lumber for a set "M" of money. The cardinality of set "M" is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set "M." The set "C", the cost of production contains 20 fewer points than set "M." Represent the set "C" as a subset of set "M" and answer the following question:
    What is the cardinality of the set "P" of profits?

    Teaching Math in 1980:
    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.

    Teaching Math in 1990:
    By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the forest birds and squirrels "feel" as the logger cut down the trees?
    ps - There are no wrong answers.

    Teaching Math in 2002:
    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $120.
    How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60?

    Teaching Math in 2010:
    El hachero vende un camion carga por $100. La cuesta de production es....

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    Default Re: Evolution of Teaching Math

    Very Good ! It it wasn't so true, I might still be laughing!

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    Default Re: Evolution of Teaching Math

    Thanks for the updated version (2002. 2010). [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Evolution of Teaching Math

    Whoever came up with this sure hit the nail on the head. What a humorous way to tell the sad truth...

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    Default Re: Evolution of Teaching Math

    Bill, that is hilarious. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Default Re: Evolution of Teaching Math

    The sad part is I understand the 1970's story problem. I was a victim of "new math" and it still effects my math skills to this day.

    Thanks for the post Bill.

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