Last week I purchased a burger at a fast food restaurant for $1.58. The counter girl took my $ 2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3 pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and cried. Why do I tell you this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1950s: 1. Teaching Math In 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 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 In1970s A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit? 4. Teaching Math In 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 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 2010 Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho? 7. Teaching Math In 2017 Wo cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's property. He won't have a gun to stop you, and it's OK anyway cuz it's redistributing the wealth.

I just want to know where you can get a burger for $1.58? And also add that I've been met with the dumb founded look at registers before, when giving the clerk change.

Math in 2010 was hilarious . . . You know, today 5 out of 4 high school students cain't due maff . . . . . .

Way too true in a lot of ways. A lot of students in high school can't do math today because they can't READ. Ask me how I know.

As a semi-retired welder/fitter, I see this daily. My current job is to train new employees how to fit. Some have the basics when to comes to welding. Most cannot read a tape measure. Don't know multiplication tables. No logical thinking progression when it comes to a problem. Can't convert fractions to decimal equivalents. How in the hell did they get thru school? Don't give a damn if they learn it or not either.

It confuses them because the register no longer tells them the change to give you. It just shows them pictures of the number of specific bills and coins they need to hand you. Toss something weird in like the 8cents to round out to quarters, you change the pictures and screw them all up. But the job sure deserves $15 an hour.

On a similar food note, I went into a Subway restaurant the other day, and ordered a 12 inch sub. "We don't have no twelve-inch subs; we only got foot-longs..." I couldn't help it; I just left.