*Years of Math 1950 - 2010*

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?

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 1950s1. 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 ?

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 1960s2. 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?

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 In1970s3. Teaching Math In1970s

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

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

4. Teaching Math In 1980s4. 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.

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 1990s5. 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. )

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 2009__

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto

dinero ha hecho?

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto

dinero ha hecho?

**7.**** **__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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Much truth there. I have actually experienced the SAME thing, with a kid who had NO idea as to how to handle giving change, even though the machine would tell him exactly how much to give - if they just entered in the right amount to start with. Another experience with these math whizzes: I was buying a slice of pizza from an 18 yr. old senior... and he didn't know how to figure out how much change to give me from a $20 bill for two slices of pizza at $2.00/slice. My goodness, how sad. Schools are more worried about teaching kids how to properly use a condom, where to get an abortion if they didn't use it properly (or at all), how they feel about the plight of minorities, and trying to build their self esteem for achieving absolutely nothing at all. It is why we home-schooled our kids. It is also how they managed to be well-educated with some common sense.

**Anonymous 3**on Feb. 4, 2013 at 3:56 PM

**not just that but some people, some of the smartest people i've know, great gpa's attend/attended great universaties, STILL suck at math.. i am a hs dropout, horrible gpa and some of these people ask ME for help in math.... some people just dont get it andapperentlynever will =/ i hate math, it's too easy for me, i think it's common sense !**

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- Leobaby2007

on Feb. 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM