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1. Teaching Maths in the 1970s

 

A logger sells a lorry load of timber for £100.

His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.

What is his profit?

 

 

2. Teaching Maths in the 1980s

 

A logger sells a lorry load of timber for £100.

His cost of production is 80% of the price, which is £80.

 

What is his profit?

 

 

3. Teaching Maths in the 1990s

 

A logger sells a lorry load of timber for £100.

His cost of production is £80.

Did he make a profit ?

 

Yes or No

 

 

4. Teaching Maths in the 2000s

 

A logger sells a lorry load of timber for £100.

His cost of production is £80 and his profit is £20.

Your assignment:

 

Highlight the number 20.

 

 

5. Teaching Maths NOW

 

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, feel free to express your feelings

e.g, anger, anxiety, inadequacy, helplessness etc.

 

Should you require debriefing at conclusion of exam there are counsellors available

to assist you adjust.

 

 

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George Collings - 2015-07-18 11:04 PM

There must be a relatively simple equation that would describe that progression but I have bedtime brain fade

 

How about -

 

Everyone is equal = Lowest Common Denominator.

 

Or

 

Nobody fails = proceed at the pace of the slowest.

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George Collings - 2015-07-18 11:04 PM

 

Tracker ,

There must be a relatively simple equation that would describe that progression but I have bedtime brain fade

 

Its a favorite subject of mine B-) ............The equation starts...........Progress eh? :D ........

 

Then all kinda stuff kicks off 8-) ...............

 

Which just about sums up the human race (lol) ............

 

 

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ShoelessSmith - 2015-07-22 1:36 PM

 

Teaching Maths in the 60s

 

A logger sells a lorry load of timber for nineteen shillings and sixpence half-penny a hundredweight.

His lorry can carry three and a quarter tons.

His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.

What is his profit?

 

You're opening a can of worms here SS, £-s-d and lbs-cwt is only for us old codger's, ask antony....but the answer :- the profit is a handful of splinters.

 

Well thats better than a bad back 8-)

 

Dave

 

 

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