Teaching Math

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Doglips, Jul 6, 2002.

  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    by Phil Kiracofe

    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 exchanges a set "L" of lumber for a set "M" of money. The
    cardinality of set "M" is 100. Each element is worth one dollar.
    The set "C", the cost of production contains 20 fewer points than
    set M. What is the cardinality of the set "P" of profits?

    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:
    By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20.
    What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class
    participation after answering the question: how did the forest birds
    and squirrels feel as the logger cut down the trees? There are no
    wrong answers.

    Teaching Math in 1996:
    By laying off 402 of its loggers, a company improves its stock
    price from $80 to $100. How much capital gain per share does
    the CEO make by exercising his stock options at $80. Assume
    capital gains are no longertaxed, because this encourages investment.

    Teaching Math in 1997:
    A company outsources all of its loggers. They save on benefits and
    when demand for their product is down the logging work force can
    easily be cut back. The average logger employed by the company
    earned $50,000, had 3 weeks vacation, received a nice retirement
    plan and medical insurance. The contracted logger charges $50 an
    hour. Was outsourcing a good move?

    Teaching Math in 1998:
    A logging company exports its wood-finishing jobs to its Indonesian
    subsidiary and lays off the corresponding half of its US workers
    (the higher-paid half). It clear-cuts 95% of the forest, leaving
    the rest for the spotted owl, and lays off all its remaining US
    workers. It tells the workers that the spotted owl is responsible
    for the absence of fellable trees and lobbies Congress for exemption
    from the Endangered Species Act. Congress instead exempts the
    company from all federal regulation. What is the return on investment
    of the lobbying.
  2. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist


    As a former educator for 38 years, I can verify that you're closer to the truth than most people realize. This "joke" may be a little far-fetched but unfortunately education requirements have moved closer to that direction in too many schools.