The Decline of Math Education

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?
Extra Credit Question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers).
TEACHING MATH IN 2000:
Un hachero vende una carretada de Madera pare $100. ¡El costo de la producción es $80…."

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