Math instruction through the ages

Teaching math in 1963:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the selling price. What is his profit?

Teaching math in 1973:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the selling price, or $80. What is his profit?

Teaching math in 1983:

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

Teaching math in 1993:

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 2003:

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and greedy and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of the environment. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? And how do you think the birds and squirrels felt as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s okay.)

Teaching math in 2013:

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

One Response to Math instruction through the ages

  1. zip says:

    Ohhhh … too true.
    That’s why an 8th grade education was all one needed back when they actually taught something worthwhile. Good one BOB.
    Un-Educating going on today – SI’s = (underline) stupid idiots!

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