Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Monday, June 04, 2007

This bit of humor...

...was submitted by the Eldest Tadpole. I have no idea from whom he may have inherited his sense of humor. It is in the form of a fable/parable rivalling only Aesop in its intricacy and forethought. It could prove prophetic...


Subject: Math 1950 to 2008
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 1950's.

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. 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.

5. Teaching Math In 1990 - 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. )

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


Hey, Grizzly Mama, if you drop by and read this... It does not apply to homeschoolers!!!

Peace and all good,

Kermit

2 Comments:

At Sun Jul 08, 09:59:00 PM, Blogger MonicaR said...

Thank you Kermit - lol! Very nice post and so true.

It is sad to see how ill prepared our young people are even after graduating from the public school system.

 
At Tue Aug 28, 08:15:00 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Have to laugh, but it is a sad statement on current events for sure.

Take the blithering teen miz who couldn't create one simple sentence to answer a question about education - how ironic. (Video here, just in case you haven't watched it yet)

 

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