~a joke from Ashley~

My buddy Tom's youngest daughter is a forestry babe out in the wet NorthWest. She sent me a joke via the blog that had to do with math and the lack thereof. Here's the joke :

It’s just a bunch of nested “forwards” Bob. Your email server is paranoid!! J Here, I copied and pasted it for you. I thought it was funny enough to pass on…

Evolution of Math ~

> Last week I purchased a burger and fries at McDonalds for $3.58.

The counter girl took my $4.00 and 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?

Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s...........

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 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.)

Teaching Math In 2006

Un ranchero vende una carretera de maderapara $100. El cuesto de la

produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?

Ashley

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