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Teaching Math

A humorous look at how teaching methods and values have changed with time.

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 exchanges a set L of lumber for a set M of money. The cardinality of set M is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set M. The set C, the cost of production, contains 20 fewer points than the set M. Represent the set C as a subset of set M and answer the following question: What is the cardinality of the set P of profits?

Teaching Math in 1980:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber of $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? What's wrong about it? 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 2000:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $120. How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60? And, how many documents were shredded to achieve this number?

Teaching Math in 2010:
El Loggero se habla with the truckero y se ponen de acuerdo con otro driver de la conpentencia y etc....

See Also:

What Is Success
A semi-humorous story that may inspire you to redefine what is success.

The Positive Side of Life
A few tidbits to make a great day for you.

If You Hate Your Life, Then Change It
If you are losing energy in the form of, health, prosperity, experiencing bliss, or relationships, you have a leak in your system, just like the gas leak in my truck. No one is siphoning off your goodness. Your leak is in your system; only you can repair it.

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