Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dumbing Down

Via that recalcitrant Proddie, Cranmer

1. Teaching Maths 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?

2. Teaching Maths 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?

3. Teaching Maths In 1990:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for £100. His cost of production is £80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Maths 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.

5. Teaching Maths In 2008:
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.)

6. Teaching Maths 2018:
أ المسجل تبيع حموله شاحنة من الخشب من اجل 100 دولار. صاحب تكلفة الانتاج من الثمن. ما هو الربح

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5 Comments:

Blogger antonia said...

:-)

3:16 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Hrmmm... despite going to school 1984-1988, I seem to have been taught 1970-stylee.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Mac McLernon said...

Mark... that's because you were taught in Scotland...

LOL Paulinus. I don't suppose they did anything along the lines of teaching Science, did they?

Oh wait... it's nearly exam time. I should be able to get a few examples for the blog quite soon...

10:47 PM  
Blogger la mamma said...

Mac, I thought it was only Scots who recognised Scottish education to be far superior to that of its neighbours! What an insightful woman you are.

9:17 AM  
Blogger MaggieClitheroe said...

Mmm, maybe it's because I have Scottish blood in me that I am teaching my boy from a Hungarian Maths programme!!! (Definitely more 70's than 08's style). Still, i't not quite Arabic, yet!

9:49 AM  

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