16 February 2012

The New, New Math*

*Just a forwarded joke but thought you might enjoy it.  Obviously I wayyy too young to have been in school in the 1960's.  :)

1. Teaching Math In 1960's (when I was in school)

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 1970's

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 1980's
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit ? Yes or No

4. Teaching Math In 1990's

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 2000's

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 2010

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

ANSWER: His profit was $375,000 because his logging business is just a front for his pot farm.

6 comments:

  1. Ha Ha, this is very funny!

    I remember when the new math was introduced. It was confusing for a lot of kids because they kept trying to compare it with the math we knew and use the same problem solving solutions. I found it much easier to ignore the old math completely and focus on what we were being taught. Just like in 1966 when Australia changed currency from pounds, shillings and pence to dollars and cents. People couldn't work out their money, constantly trying to count it in pounds, shillings and pence.

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  2. Ha ha ha!
    Yeah.. #1 is the only version I remember .. but then I'm old :)

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  3. That was actually very funny because it is so true.

    Blessings
    Honey

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  4. That is hysterical!!

    How sad that it is also mostly true.

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