100 Years of Math 1960’s to about 2060

To all you math wizz out there…

1. Teaching Math In the 1960’s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the selling price. What is his profit?

2. Teaching Math In the 1970’s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the selling price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In the 1980’s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80.

Did he make a profit?  Yes or No

4. Teaching Math In the 1990’s

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 2019

(a) 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 just $20.

What do you think of this way of making a living?

(b) Topic for class participation after answering question (a):

How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes?

Please note: There are no wrong answers – feel free to express your feelings e.g, anger, anxiety, inadequacy, helplessness etc.

(Should you require debriefing at the conclusion of the exam, there are counselors available to assist you adjust back into the real world.)

6. Teaching Math In 2060

هاتشيرو تبيع كارلواد من نهاب100 دولار تكلفةالإنتاجهو80 دولاراً. كيف
الكثيرمن المالولم

And they say “go with the flow?”

NOW PONDER ON THESE WORDS…

A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer’s hand.” ~ Roman philosopher, Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC – 65AD)

2 thoughts on “100 Years of Math 1960’s to about 2060

  1. Rick Bonner

    Now we’re talking! Swords – and other tools – do simply what the person using them, asks that they do. And, there are generally, Seneca, two kinds of people; those who kin cypher in their heads (the good folk), and those who’ve been subjected to public screwels.

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