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1. Teaching Math in the 1950s

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 the 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?

3. Teaching Math in the 1970s

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

4. Teaching Math in the 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.

5. Teaching Math in the 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.)

6. Teaching Math in the 2000s

If you have special needs or just feel you need assistance because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, childhood memories, criminal background, then don't answer and the correct answer will be provided for you. There are no wrong answers.

7. Teaching Math in 2013

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

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Comment by Dave H - Rocky Mountain Patriot on September 10, 2013 at 5:03am

That's a great presentation of the progression of what's happened to education over the past 50-plus years. I'm sorry I missed this when it first posted, Catherine.

I read your response to Joseph's "Do you really care about education" post and thought I'd look into what another former teacher had to say. I'm not sure if you made it through the comments section there to find my first response to Mr. Tomanelli. I suspect you'd recognize much of what's said there.

I'm a credentialed math teacher and have taught secondary as well as college level math as an adjunct instructor, much like the President did with his part-time law instructor's position at the University of Chicago. Of course, I was never called professor, as the President and his spin team did liberally in reference to Obama, because of how such a title and position is seen by many on the left.

Your seventh point about teaching math in 2013 is part of what I've been writing about for five years now. It's in a couple of my latest posts and is very much a part of our painful workforce purge under Obama. That's where I've applied my math and statistics skills to show more realistic, supportable employment numbers since Obama took Office in January 2009. I suspect you'd appreciate the Employment & Training Administration numbers from within the Department of Labor, only they've recently taken a dramatic turn under new Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. Already his nearly 100,000 fewer jobs lost weekly than were recorded in the month ahead of his swearing in have been contradicted by shrinking labor force growth, rather than accelerating jobs at a pace sufficient to rehire much of the 105 million registrants for unemployment after job losses under Obama. That's what most of my research and investigative work have been about for more than a year now.   

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