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Old May 18th, 2007, 09:19 PM   #1
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The Evolution of Math in the United States

Last week I purchased a burger and fries at McDonalds for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and 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 1960s...


Teaching Math In 1960

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 1970

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 1980

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80. Did he make a profit?



Teaching Math In 1990

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 2000

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.)


Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera para $100. El cuesto de la
produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?
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Old May 18th, 2007, 09:24 PM   #2
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mexican uncle sam is a teacher now too???
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Old May 18th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #3
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its funny cause it's true...
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I see what your getting at. Now turn that into something you could use at that McDonalds employee's PTO meeting and stop holding up the line so i can get my instant stroke too.
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Old May 18th, 2007, 10:08 PM   #5
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Funny, I work with Mexicans (here in the states, and in mexico).... they are all rather well versed in math.

Maybe you just went to a bad school.

Or maybe you are just stupid. There's always that.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 11:15 AM   #6
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Last week I purchased a burger and fries at McDonalds for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and 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 1960s...


Teaching Math In 1960

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 1970

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 1980

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80. Did he make a profit?



Teaching Math In 1990

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 2000

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.)


Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera para $100. El cuesto de la
produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?
this isn't true...or really that funny...so what's the point?
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Old May 19th, 2007, 04:39 PM   #7
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Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera para $100. El cuesto de la
produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?
A farmer sells a wood road for $100??? The "cuesto"?? of a production ... Damn translators!!!!

Maybe this is what you meant to say: Un ranchero vende una carreta de madera. El costo de la produccion fue de $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar??

You forgot about the Mexican on the board, eh?
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Funny, I work with Mexicans (here in the states, and in mexico).... they are all rather well versed in math.

Maybe you just went to a bad school.

Or maybe you are just stupid. There's always that.
And don't forget about all the ignorant ones that call any Spanish speaking person "Mexican"
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Old May 19th, 2007, 04:54 PM   #8
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[COLOR="YellowGreen"]And don't forget about all the ignorant ones that call any Spanish speaking person "Mexican"
Its a commentary mainly on immigration which is primarily mexican in origin.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #9
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this isn't true...or really that funny...so what's the point?
yes it is.......and yes it is........there is none.

You got off better than I did. I complained the other day about someone like that at McD's and everyone got all bent and called me an asshole.

I thought that it was hilarious.
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Old May 19th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #10
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yes it is.......and yes it is........there is none.

You got off better than I did. I complained the other day about someone like that at McD's and everyone got all bent and called me an asshole.

I thought that it was hilarious.

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Old May 20th, 2007, 12:08 PM   #11
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Old May 20th, 2007, 12:08 PM   #12
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this isn't true...or really that funny...so what's the point?
You have the sense of humor of a funeral director.
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Old May 20th, 2007, 07:59 PM   #13
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this isn't true...or really that funny...so what's the point?

Point 1: Whiny liberal "self-esteem boosting" agenda has lobotomized the teaching of math in this country. Poli-Sci and Social Work majors discount the value of hard sciences, since they've essentially obtained a degree doing less "hard science" coursework than a Korean or Chinese 9th grader.

Point 2: Many foreign country's school systems place a premium on the mastery of (compated to the U.S.) advanced mathematics, placing the U.S. at a competitive disadvantage.

Point 3: Many entry-level jobs are being filled with recent immigrants or illegal aliens.

Look up "irony" in the dictionary.
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Old May 20th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #14
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You have the sense of humor of a funeral director.
actually, the funeral directors that i knew had much better senses of humors than his
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Old May 20th, 2007, 10:47 PM   #15
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actually, the funeral directors that i knew had much better senses of humors than his
oh come on, it's not even close to true, i graduated in 2001 and trust me, those math classes weren't easy...


now this is funny...
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Old May 20th, 2007, 10:50 PM   #16
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Last week I purchased a burger and fries at McDonalds for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and 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 1960s...


Teaching Math In 1960

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 1970

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 1980

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of
production is $80. Did he make a profit?



Teaching Math In 1990

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 2000

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.)


Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera para $100. El cuesto de la
produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?

hahahahaha good post!!! how many tortillas can he buy? :tonka:
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Old May 20th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #17
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oh come on, it's not even close to true, i graduated in 2001 and trust me, those math classes weren't easy...
Oh ok, its making sense now.
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Old May 20th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #18
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Old May 20th, 2007, 11:23 PM   #19
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Oh ok, its making sense now.
um, Algebra III/Trig aren't easy...for me anyway. Math is not one of my strong suits, just as humor isn't one of yours...
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Old May 20th, 2007, 11:30 PM   #20
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thats way to funny and true
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