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. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set "M." The set "C", the cost of production contains 20 fewer points than set "M" Represent the set "C" as a subset of set "M" and answer the following question: 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 is to - Write and underline the number "20". Teaching Math in 1990: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By cutting down beautiful trees and desecrating the precious forest a 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 2000: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $120. How does an Enron Accountant determine that his profit margin is $275? Teaching Math in 2010 (in California): ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "El hachero vende un camion cargapor 100,000 pesos. La cuestade production es... "

As funny as that was, it's not really as true as some of you make it out to be, at least not here. Math at my school seems to be like the one from the 1950's