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The slow decline OF math in America...

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    The slow decline OF math in America...


    Last week I bought a fast food burger for $1.58. I gave the clerk $2.08. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and told her to just give me two quarters. She called the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried.

    There has been an evolution in teaching math since the 1950s.
    1. Teaching Math In 1950's

    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 Math In 1960's

    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 Math In 1970's

    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

    4. Teaching Math In 1980's

    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 Math In 1990's

    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, and if you feel like crying, it's ok.)

    6. Teaching Math In 2007

    Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    I used to be a cashier at a grocery store when i was in high school. I earned some sort of recognition for being the only person whose drawer was never over or short for two years, as well as the fastest cashier (based on transaction dollar vs. transaction time). When asked by another cashier how I did it, I said I could count. She looked at me like I just slapped her in the face. It isn't that hard. Especially now that all you do is type in the amount they give you and it freaking tells you what to give for change (yes, it tells you how many quarters, nickels, etc.) it is a sad state of affairs.....

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    had the same thing happen at Walmart.
    Order came to $9.50.
    I first gave her a $10.00
    Then I realized I had two quarters.
    The girls says "you had your chance,Its too late for that"
    The lady behind me started cracking up loud!!
    I said to her I am going to stand here until either you give me $1 or you have a manager give me $1.
    She says its Walmarts policy to only give what the computer screen shows.
    I stood there until the manager came!

    The next week I went to the same girl. Order came to like $24.58. I have her $30.00. She gets the correct change, but says "HERE YOU GO". I gave her the change back and said to her count it back to me or call a manager.

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    What about the slow decline grammar?

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    i agree. i worked the cashier at my dads take out for probably 5 yrs while i was in highschool and some on and off summers. no fancy register, no calculaters, i did all the math either in my head or on the tab. people today cant do math to save their life. i suggest just beating your kids.

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    I ordered 3 things from the dollar menu yesterday from Burger King. The total was $3.15. I gave her a twenty and 2 dimes. She takes one dime and throws it in the dime cup in her register, and takes the other dime and throws it where the nickles go. When she handed me back $17.00 I told her that I gave her $20.20. She basicly started to have a careless attitude and said that she just figured that I gave her a nickle and a dime, and then asked if I wanted the nickle change as if it was going to be a difficult thing to do.

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    I grew up in a family busines - read as - My parents had cheap labor that could be called in on a whim. I was running a register at 6 years old. As far as I know they didn't have a change function in them

    I was brought up to place the money they gave me on the register shelf, count out their change - hand the coins to the customer, tell them what dollar that made, and then count the bills out in their hand, bag their purchase, and say 'Thank you'. After they leave their money goes in the drawer. That 'here you go - NEXT' crap pisses me off.

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    I remember when frankurters used to cost a nickel!

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    Quote Originally Posted by Honclfibr View Post
    What about the slow decline grammar?

    Hey my grammar is old and has dementia. Leave her alone.

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    Doc,

    LOL.

    If you haven't seen it, check out the movie "Idiocracy" with Luke Wilson. Pretty funny perspective on how the world could be in the future if dumbasses continue to reproduce at higher rates than smart people.

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nix View Post
    Doc,

    LOL.

    If you haven't seen it, check out the movie "Idiocracy" with Luke Wilson. Pretty funny perspective on how the world could be in the future if dumbasses continue to reproduce at higher rates than smart people.
    By some peoples accounts I may be contributing to that higher rate of stupidity.... All though I don' t think my rate of reproduction is at a very high rate...

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    Re: The slow decline math in America...

    Quote Originally Posted by Honclfibr View Post
    What about the slow decline grammar?
    Now THAT was funy

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    Re: The slow decline OF math in America...

    trying be an asst. mgr. at an arby's for a year. eesh.

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    so how do we use the decline of quantitative problem solving to rule the masses?

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