Education Then and Now

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    1. Education then:

    a. Horace Mann was appointed secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education in 1837, at $1500 a year, giving up a promising career in law and politics. He secured greater appropriations for education, more and better schoolhouses, more uniformity of instruction, longer school terms, better trained instructors and higher pay for teachers ($65 a year was common for women). He was largely responsible for establishing the first teacher training schools (normal schools).

    b. Noah Webster was prominent in the improvement of textbooks, with his famous readers and spellers, many designed to promote patriotism. He used the royalties to write his dictionary (1828) which helped to standardize the American language, helping to unify the nation.

    c. William McGuffey produced a series of grade-school readers (1830) which elevated cultural standards and offered lasting object lessons in morality, patriotism, and American idealism, shaping the minds and morals of the American people in the 19th century. A copy exercise in the ‘Second Reader’ ran:

    Beautiful hands are they that do
    Deeds that are noble good and true;
    Beautiful feet are they that go
    Swiftly to lighten another’s woe.
    (Thomas A. Bailey and David M. Kennedy, “The American Pageant: A History of the Republic”)

    2. Education of late:
    The evolution in teaching math since the 1950s.

    1. 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?
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    2. 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?
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    3. Teaching Math In 1970
    A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?
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    4. 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.
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    5. 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.)
     
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    Pretty funny. Lot of truth in it too...
     
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    6. 2010 - Who can the animals sue and where can the squirrels find free legal representation?
     
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    Modern day math question: A train leaves the West Coast at 1:00 pm heading East. Another train leaves the East Coast at 1:00 pm heading West. Each train is traveling at 50 mph. How many miles will they each travel before they must stop to kick off the illegal aliens?
     
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    Too Funny while being Too Sad.
     
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    7. 2012 - If the greatest president who ever lived is at a 29% approval rating, and 22% are undecided, how many Acorns will it take to register the squirrels?
     
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    Yeah, education in the 1950's sure was great if you were white.
     
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    Education today:

    1. When did the War of 1812 occur?
    a. 1942
    b. 1776
    c. 1492
    d. 1812

    2. Including George Washington, name three Founding Fathers
     
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    What? Look, just because Obama's a fucking retard it does not mean that all non-whites are.

    As a Hispanic American I take exception to that racist remark.
     
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    Wow. That sure went over your head. :lol:

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