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    A funny e-mail I received satirizing the state of the U.S. educational system...
    My cousin sent me this e-mail and I felt obliged to share it with you all. I think it really captures what's wrong with our educational system.

    Evolution of Teaching Math in the U.S.

    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.)

    Teaching Math In 2006

    Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera por $100. El cargo de
    produccion es $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar?
    "Anecdotal thinking comes naturally, science requires training." - Michael Shermer

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    This is satire? :yinyang:
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    Quote Originally Posted by iKitten View Post
    This is satire? :yinyang:
    sat·ire [sat-ahyuhr] –noun: the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

    I think so.
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    Yes, it's satire.

    ...Although education was not anywhere near as good in the 50s as it is now.

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    LOL ~ my question was totally...
    fa·ce·tious (f-sshs)

    ADJECTIVE:
    Playfully jocular; humorous: facetious remarks.
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    Girls with macs are so cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iKitten View Post
    LOL ~ my question was totally...
    fa·ce·tious (f-sshs)

    ADJECTIVE:
    Playfully jocular; humorous: facetious remarks.
    Your definition looks more professional than mine. Where'd you get it from? I used dictionary.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCustomer99 View Post
    Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera por $100. El cargo de produccion es $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar?
    National language anyone? I'm ready to pass the law and build the wall :bone:

    EDIT: Sweet, 200th post

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCustomer99 View Post
    My cousin sent me this e-mail and I felt obliged to share it with you all. I think it really captures what's wrong with our educational system.

    Evolution of Teaching Math in the U.S.

    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.)

    Teaching Math In 2006

    Un ranchero vende una carretera de madera por $100. El cargo de
    produccion es $80. Cuantas tortillas se puede comprar?
    It is a racist joke. It is a joke, because "Teaching math in 1990" is also not the correct picture of how math was thought back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johntalin View Post
    It is a racist joke. It is a joke, because "Teaching math in 1990" is also not the correct picture of how math was thought back then.
    I think he sacrificed accuracy for comedic effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walmartconnect View Post
    National language anyone? I'm ready to pass the law and build the wall :bone:
    Yeah...I totally disagree. We have better things to spend money on than a wall.

    Oh...like education.

    National language? Sounds like politics to me. Why do people fear other cultures so much? Hispanics are as much a part of this country as any other group, including whites. ...this country is so great because of our diversity, not in spite of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesybanana View Post
    Yeah...I totally disagree. We have better things to spend money on than a wall.

    Oh...like education.

    National language? Sounds like politics to me. Why do people fear other cultures so much? Hispanics are as much a part of this country as any other group, including whites. ...this country is so great because of our diversity, not in spite of it.
    Thanks for that. My family is from Mexico and I'm sensitive to the whole wall building/immigrant subject. My parents came here legally but I still think it's wrong what has been said about illegal immigrants. Building a wall is not going to solve anything. Mexico needs to improve their economic system, have better jobs, so that people will stay there. As for the immigrants here, they should pass the law for a pathway to citizenship.

    Just my $.02 My intention is not to turn this into a debate. I'm just stating my opinion.

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    Ok, I'm officially abandoning this thread if this turns into an illegal immigration debate thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCustomer99 View Post
    Ok, I'm officially abandoning this thread if this turns into an illegal immigration debate thread.
    The e-mail was pretty funny though. It reminds me of my math for teachers class. We always have to come up with word problems.

    Ex. Jenny ate 1/4 of an orange on the way to school. On the way home she ate 1/3 of an apple. How much fruit did Jenny eat?

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    We don't have to be all from the same block of cheese to like eachother.
    Even though I came to study and my stay here could have been temporary, the main thing I was excited about coming to this country years ago was that I was going to meet so many people and learn about so many different cultures.
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    I love diversity. Legal diversity. I do not love having to press 1 for English and I do not love dumping enormous amounts of money into the federal tax system so that more illegal aliens can suck our healthcare, penal, and social systems dry.

    EDIT: Thread hijacking, I'm sorry . Back to the OP, regardless of the 2000 education status, the 1990 one made me laugh.

    A lot

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