50 years of teaching math

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Fifty Years of Teaching Math 1957 - 2007

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 2008
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la
producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?
 



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I think you just hurt someone's "self-esteem"!!!!


Great post.
 

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And I "feel" my age...
Life was so simple and made so much sense back then...
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (easymoney @ Apr 29 2008, 06:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
And I "feel" my age...
Life was so simple and made so much sense back then...[/b]

Life still makes sense....people don't!
 

Rodney Hood

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Did you ever get your change?

It's only going to get worse.
 

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I'm respectfully disagreeing with all of you. Please go to the California Mathematics 7th Grade Released Test Questions website and try to do the math that the state of California is requiring of our students. The questions start on page 9. As a teacher, I don't see much wrong with NCLB because I see it as a way to ensure that our children are taught to high standards by teachers who are qualified. In my opinion, it gets rid of "fluffy" math and other subjects and ensures that students have a quality, rigorous curriculum. Of course I am in a small district in Northeastern California where we have strong administration that requires teachers to teach to the standards, but provides us with support, materials, and encouragement to do so. We also have a small minority population.
 

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i know how u feel....

i was at subway and the fee was $6 so i gave her $11 she look at me with this dumbfounded look she said why dont u just give me $6... i said so i get a 5 back she she was confused it was pretty funny
 

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i also disagree, i think the problem we have with people like the ones who work at burger king or subway are the ones who didnt finish school and droped out which is why everyone thinks that the younger generation is getting dumber and dumber, now the spanish part may be true though. lol
 

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My spouse actually gives change to mess with the cashiers. If our bill comes to say $14.32, he'll give them a 10, a 5 and 2 pennies just to see if they can figure out his change. He's evil that way sometimes.
 


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