## A little humor in the evolution of math.

Submitted by Todd B on 10/22/05 at 2:17 PM. ( ) 4.224.54.64

The History of Teaching Math

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 eight cents from
my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and
three 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. (Unfortunately, this is true!)

Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since
the1950s:

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?

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?

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

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.

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 thepreservation 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

Teaching Math In 2005
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara \$100. El costo de la
produccion es \$80

Todd B

### Oh God

This response submitted by Jim on 10/22/05 at 7:51 PM. ( ) 148.78.243.51

Your one of those people who want to save the trees. What the hell are you doing on this site that partains to trapping, hunting and killing.

### Ha ha good one Todd

This response submitted by Evelyn on 10/22/05 at 9:02 PM. ( ) 205.188.116.138

I better start learning Spanish so I won't flunk math. LOL

### Jim, You are an idiot!

This response submitted by Todd B on 10/23/05 at 12:20 AM. ( ) 4.224.93.148

Did you read the heading of the post? It is humor. I am sure I have frequented this site much longer than you. I am by far nothing near what you imply. What I am doing on this site is Taxidermy. What about you? Also I mentioned it was about math, did I not? So crawl back in your hole.

Todd B