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(de)Evolution of a math lesson 1950-2013 (vanity)

Posted on 03/16/2013 12:00:17 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

Years of Math 1950 – 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

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?

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?

Teaching Math In 1970s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is \$80. Did he make a profit?

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.

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.)

Teaching Math In 2009 Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara \$100. El costo de la producciones es \$80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

Teaching Math In 2013 Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's property. He won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says it's OK anyway cuz it’s redistributing the wealth.

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1 posted on 03/16/2013 12:00:17 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

To: Impala64ssa

Beck was talking about the “Common Core” curriculum. I’d never heard of it before.

Sounds just dreadful and it’s taking over all over the country.

2 posted on 03/16/2013 12:05:00 PM PDT by DManA

To: Impala64ssa

LOL! Well written and telling. I hope this gets wide circulation.

3 posted on 03/16/2013 12:05:41 PM PDT by tanuki (Left-wing Revolution: show biz for boring people.)

To: Impala64ssa

That is hilarious. Sadly true as well.

4 posted on 03/16/2013 12:06:21 PM PDT by liberty or death

To: Impala64ssa

It's alright, bra. We got an app for that."
5 posted on 03/16/2013 12:06:56 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)

To: Impala64ssa

excellent!

6 posted on 03/16/2013 12:10:37 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)

To: Impala64ssa

Are there any actual examples of math problems in the period cited? When making the point to someone, it might be more useful to have some real math problems, and not have to use a clever, but exaggerated, viral email to make the point.

7 posted on 03/16/2013 12:11:31 PM PDT by VanDeKoik

To: Impala64ssa

There should be a few more in there:

In 2000: A female lesbian logger and her life partner start a lumber company with a grant from the US government. Because of evil Republicans they can’t get married because of DOMA and Christian homophobes. Question: Do you think you might be a lesbian, and if so, would you like to talk to the volleyball coach about it?

8 posted on 03/16/2013 12:12:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)

To: VanDeKoik

The real ones are not far off the mark. When you see stuff saying homosexuality has to be put into math problems, and race has to be put into math problems, you’re there.

Marcia’s two moms...

9 posted on 03/16/2013 12:14:24 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)

To: DManA

The “public school”, including the “charter school”, is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is collectivist.

Any child that comes out of the government school collective with their moral compass and common sense intact does so in spite of the government school indoctrination, not because of it.

It is hypocritical for you to submit your children to an authority with whom you fundamentally disagree. Children instinctively mistrust hypocrites.

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

Nobody loves our children more than you do.

Nobody can teach your children better than you can.

Nobody knows your children better than you do.

Your children would love nothing better than to be taught by you, if you start doing so before they are corrupted by the government school collective.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.

DO NOT FEED THE BEAST!

Especially not with your own children.

And DO NOT TAKE GOVERNMENT “EDUCATION” MONEY!

He that pays the piper calls the tune, and that’s especially true for any government entitlement program.

10 posted on 03/16/2013 12:15:05 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)

To: VanDeKoik
Are there any actual examples of math problems in the period cited? When making the point to someone, it might be more useful to have some real math problems, and not have to use a clever, but exaggerated, viral email to make the point.

You have a point but ...

Take a look at any old 50's and earlier math book. Algebra, for example. I have a couple from the 40's. They are relatively short books but you could easily master algebra by following the course outline.

The format: Description of the basic principles, example problems worked out and then problems for the student.

Now take a look at the 5 lb monsters that the kids need a backpack to carry that are now used to teach ecology/algebra. Lots of hand-holding. Political Correctness brought to a fine art but just total overkill when it come to the math. Confusing and, in the end, inadequate.

The 50's were better.

11 posted on 03/16/2013 12:19:50 PM PDT by InterceptPoint

To: Impala64ssa

btt

12 posted on 03/16/2013 12:24:04 PM PDT by real saxophonist (You can't take the sky from me)

To: Impala64ssa

We can’t ask our children to anything too mentally challenging, now, can we? Just think, if they learned to think for themselves and to figure things out, they just might figure out that the government is one big fraud.

13 posted on 03/16/2013 12:32:33 PM PDT by I want the USA back

To: Impala64ssa

It’s not school anymore, it’s just state run babysitting along with loads of indoctrination through propaganda.

Only anti-values are (”taught”) foisted on innocent children.

14 posted on 03/16/2013 12:32:52 PM PDT by Bullish (A genuine President wouldn't allow the Obama's on the White House grounds)

To: Impala64ssa

2013: Duh, I can’t read this.

15 posted on 03/16/2013 12:45:59 PM PDT by onedoug

To: Impala64ssa
It's simple.

Back in the day, stupid people would naturally remove themselves from the gene pool. Being stupid HURT and was a likely death sentence.

Now we bubble-wrapped the world and put warnings on everything. We limit everyone’s freedom to prevent stupid people from hurting themselves. We feed and control diets of people too stupid to feed themselves. We feed the children of idiots, nomatter how many they breed.

Under such conditions, the amount of idiots will naturally increase exponentially every year until there aren't enough competent people to take care of them.

Compassionate, yes. But it's no different than being compassionate to a group of feral dogs in your home and letting them breed. Eventually they'll take over your home and everyone dies...horribly.

16 posted on 03/16/2013 12:49:26 PM PDT by varyouga

To: Impala64ssa
LOL! That sounds about right. Must design it so the kids will pass . . and the teacher.

17 posted on 03/16/2013 1:15:57 PM PDT by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)

To: Impala64ssa

In 2013, all lumber production is now in China and US loggers are out of work. Doesn’t matter because the cost of load of lumber went from \$100 to \$10,000 in 60 short years and no one can afford it.

18 posted on 03/16/2013 1:18:16 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)

To: varyouga
We are living in this movie:

19 posted on 03/16/2013 1:23:32 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)

To: Impala64ssa

Why can’t Jewish girls use a ruler?

20 posted on 03/16/2013 1:25:28 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)

To: Impala64ssa
While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried

Perhaps the manager was Larry Summers... yeah, the same guy that thought he was smarter than the investing team for the Harvard University endowment fund. Ol' Larry was responsible for losses of billions of dollars in a few short years. Then he stood up at a conference on diversifying the science and engineering workforce and told everyone that "women lack the high end aptitude of their male counterpart."

21 posted on 03/16/2013 1:30:19 PM PDT by John123 (US\$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)

To: Impala64ssa
We played store when we were little kids....with a little metal red cash register.

Take computers out of schools until 4th grade. By then, the basics have been taught.

Teach writing, too...........pleeze....

22 posted on 03/16/2013 1:31:58 PM PDT by Sacajaweau

To: central_va

OK, I’ll bite...why can’t Jewish girls use a ruler?

23 posted on 03/16/2013 1:32:05 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)

To: Impala64ssa

Thanks for posting..

24 posted on 03/16/2013 1:33:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau

To: T-Bird45

This is a visual joke. I am holding my two index fingers about 6 inches apart, the answer is “because Jewish men have been telling them that this equals a foot their whole life”.

25 posted on 03/16/2013 1:35:34 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)

To: Impala64ssa

Because of my hatred of pennies I often give cashiers, many of them kids, more than the price so as to get back round numbers. I’ve never made anyone cry. Never gotten a blank stare or waited through managerial intervention, either. My assumption is that most customers who still pay in cash do it, and the girl in the story was probably new or especially stupid.

This isn’t something you should have to learn at school, anyway. It’s something you can pick up as you go. Simple transactional arithmetic.

26 posted on 03/16/2013 1:38:51 PM PDT by Tublecane

To: DManA

My sister, though a mere two years younger, went through that “core” nonsense. I took the usual route from arithmetic, times tables, and long division to algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, in that order. After elementary she went off on a tangent to gosh knows where. It wasn’t algebra, exactly, though that was involved. It wasn’t anything you could pin a name on, really. She ended up with an accounting degree and has worked at banks and a tax firm. No thanks to publik skrool.

She also somehow ended up missing out on the Civil War in history. One teacher went into too much detail on the Mexican War, or something, then next semester, trimester, quarter, or whatever it was the next teacher was on reconstruction. I’ve talked to a number of people from different areas who claim never to have learner much about the Civil War, mysteriously. It almost resembles a conspiracy.

Not that had they actually studied it would it have been worthwhile. I went the traditional route through the maths, as outlined, and today am basically functionally innumerate.

27 posted on 03/16/2013 1:55:03 PM PDT by Tublecane

To: VanDeKoik

Those are different tactics, is all. Humor may be preferable to accuracy.

28 posted on 03/16/2013 1:56:12 PM PDT by Tublecane

To: InterceptPoint

That is partly the fault of the textbook companies. The PC cops get their say naturly, since all “educationists” are lefties. Because, come on, who what kind of person wants to be an “educationist”? The same who’d be a “community organizer.” That is, someone paid not in money but ideological self-satisfaction and delusion of grandeur.

But I digress. The textbook companies have a near monopoly, and they milk that advantage to the point of absurdity. New editions every year, natch. Ridiculously overpaid authors who might not actually write a word. Glossy pictures that make sense in a coffee table book but serve in a classroom to give something for kids to instead of paying attention. Covers hard enough to side your house, accompanying CD-ROMs that no one will ever, ever use, etc.

29 posted on 03/16/2013 2:04:40 PM PDT by Tublecane

To: Impala64ssa

Same exact thing happened to me at a Hardees.

30 posted on 03/16/2013 3:19:31 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)

To: VeniVidiVici; Impala64ssa

Usually, they pull 42¢ out of the drawer and add your 8¢ to it.

31 posted on 03/16/2013 3:34:17 PM PDT by Hoodat (I stand with Rand.)

To: central_va

Thought it might be something like that...:-)

32 posted on 03/16/2013 4:33:04 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)

To: Westbrook

Amen!

33 posted on 03/16/2013 4:53:41 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)

To: Hoodat

Mine didn’t cry but the look on her face was priceless. It was a completely clueless look. I had to explain to her why I gave her the change I did THEN I showed her how to make the proper change for the transaction.

34 posted on 03/16/2013 5:11:46 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)

To: Impala64ssa

She’s a future obamacare administrator in training.

35 posted on 03/16/2013 7:16:03 PM PDT by clearcarbon

To: VeniVidiVici

You’d think they could just punch the number into the register, even if it is more than the required amount. The register will tell them how much to give you back. How much easier could it be?

36 posted on 03/16/2013 8:04:25 PM PDT by Tublecane

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