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Why Public Schools Are Failing At Math

Over the last few decades there has been a decline in the math scores at public schools pretty much nation wide.  Well I think I can shed some light on the reason.  I was sent this by a friend years ago and I honestly do not know who wrote it, but to whoever wrote my hat is off to you:

Teaching Math In the fifties: 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 the sixties: 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 the seventies: A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?


Teaching Math In the eighties: 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 the nineties: 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.)


Teaching Math In 2005:Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera para $100.
El cuesto de la produccion era $80. Cuantos tortillas se puede comprar?

 

I think that should just about wrap up the confusion over why math scores have been dropping nation wide.

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June 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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