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    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.)