I can definitely relate to the first paragraph. It really happened to me (well, except for the crying part)

__Fifty Years of Math 1957 - 2007__

Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King 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?

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

__1. Teaching Math In 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 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 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 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 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 2007**

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

## Comments (2)

I really appreciate having my change counted back to me by a cashier so as not to have to re-count it myself. I rather suspect that with the advent of computerized registers, no one bothers to teach employees how to do it. It is likely that many of their supervisors are unaccustomed to this task as well!

Posted by Jessie | December 9, 2007 12:26 AM

Posted on December 9, 2007 00:26

THAT'S ABOUT THE SIZE OF IT, SAD TO SAY. THE WORLD IS BECOMING A REALLY SAD PLACE TO BE.

Posted by Mary Haught | December 2, 2007 3:27 PM

Posted on December 2, 2007 15:27