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America’s Education Conundrum

Posted by Steve Markowitz on March 8, 2014

Many Americans are concerned with the dumbing-down and poor results from our education system.  America’s ranking in educating its youth has been slipping compared to other countries.  We have gone from a system that focused on rewarding achievement to one is more concerned with making every student feel good and the enrichment of the education industry. 

Some on the Left suggest that the solution to America’s education problem is to throw more money at the education industry.  That response assumes a simple solution to a complex problem and is designed to cut off reasonable debate of alternatives. 

One reader sent in a humorous poke at America’s deficient education system with the “funny” below.  Trouble is it isn’t so funny! 

Evolution in Teaching Math Since the 1950s 

1. Teaching Math in the 1950s

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 the 1960s

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 the 1970s

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

4. Teaching Math in the 1980s

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 the 1990s

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 the 2009

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

7. Teaching Math in the 2014

Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor’s property.  The President says it’s OK anyway cuz it’s redistributing the wealth.


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