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History of teaching math

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by divorced, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. divorced

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    I got this from another forum.


    Last week I purchased a burger 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?

    Please read more about the "history of teaching math":

    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

    By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the
    logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living?
    Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the
    forest birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down the trees. (There
    are no wrong answers.)

    Teaching Math In 2005

    El hachero vende un camion carga por $100. La
    cuesta de production es.............


    And we wonder why jobs requiring intelligence are being outsourced??
     
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    That's classic. :haha:
     
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    BS. Bet I know more math than all you old farts.:whistle:
     
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    .... But can you add, subtract, multiply and divide in Hex? I'm sure there are a few of us "old farts" who are pretty good at it.

    :whistle: :whistle:
     
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    Haha, yeah, old guys are going know some stuff younger ones will not and vice versa. My grandpa was an engineer too, it was interesting comparing classes we each took. I like in 'Apollo 11' when theres like 100 guys each with a slide ruler checking each others math.:D
     
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    hey now. Yeah a lot of people are messed up these days. I had to pay a cover charge a few months ago, gave the woman(late 20s not a teen) $22. The charge was 7.00. She was like, whats the $2 for? uhhh I wonder... I got confused all the time when I worked as a cashier. But it was cause of people who were too brainless to accurately read a gas pump. They would have 10.99 of gas. Come in and hand me a 11.10. I'd sit there and stare at them for a second and just hand them a penny and their dime back. They'd stare at me wondering why they got their .10 back AND this penny. They hurt my head some days. And as far as the girl, you have to remember some places are really anal about the register coming out just right and when she punched in the money you gave her and after thatt you gave her the change it very well may have messed up her math. She may have been freaked thinking she would have to pay for something(even though her register would be over and not under).
     
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    I get that look pretty often when I give the cashier an oddball amount, but I only occasionally see the "lightbulb" when they make the change and find out I made it easy for them.
    I worked at a movie theater from age 16 to 18, and we had NO cash registers. It was all mental, unless you decided to bust out the calculator and get the customer all worried that you were gonna overcharge them.
     
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    I almost never use a calculator :waytogo:
     
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    Me neither. The battery went dead in it months ago and I've been too lazy to change it.
     
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    Math was never my stronger subject anyways :p

    I was a cashier for a little while, and I can do change pretty decently (I loved it when people gave me change so I could hand em a straight bill or something, made my life easy!) but larger numbers take me a couple seconds to figure out... Needless to say, I make sure that my calc batteries are good ;)
     
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    Too many people rely on calculators in school and are then lost without one. It's really best IMO to learn math without the aid of a calculator regardless of the 'extra' time that the problems may take.

    I give cashiers 'odd' change all of the time to avoid having more pennies in my ashtray. It never ceases to amaze me how many of them are totally dependant on the cash register and have no idea how to make change without it.
     

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