The Evolution of Math in the United States

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Mortgage and Lending with Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc NMLS# 262906

This is pretty much spot on:

Math BlackboardLast 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 1960's...

Teaching Math In 1970: 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 1980: 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 1990: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

Teaching Math In 2000: 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 2009: 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.)

Comments (3)

Dan Magstadt
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc - Lake City, FL

Thanks for the comment Jim...I'm glad you liked it!!

May 29, 2009 07:58 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Dan I think you nailed it.  Coming from a family with many mathematicians I found this interesting.

Yes today math is more fluff than concepts and people or lost without electronic devices to do the calculations.

Jun 23, 2009 12:22 PM
Dan Magstadt
Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc - Lake City, FL

Thanks Jennifer...the best is when your total @ McDonald's is 5.56 and you hand them 21.06 - The blank stares I've gotten are truly sad.

Jun 24, 2009 02:30 AM