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Usually whenever I post something funny I got in an e-mail, I get nailed by people telling me that it's old... but I'll try my luck again, because this is very good. At first I laughed hysterically, but then it hurt when I realized how true it is:

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> Last week I purchased a burger 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.
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> I sensed her discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two
> quarters, but she hailed the manager for help.
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> While he tried to explain the transaction to her, she stood there and
> cried.
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> Why do I tell you this?
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> Please read more about the "history of teaching math":
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> 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 sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
> is $80. Did he make a profit?
>
> 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.
>
> Teaching Math In 1990
> By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the 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 2005
> El hachero vende un camion carga por $100. La cuesta de production
es...
>
> And we wonder why jobs requiring intelligence are being outsourced?


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Hahha...I feell bad for the girl.


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haha I liked that one. Even though its a joke I can very easily see that happening.

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I make change about a 100 times a day, and I have to tell you that I have no problems with math, but that's because I was brought up to value edjamacation. Of course, it is kind of annoying when you ring something through on a digital register and the customer stands there digging for a few pennies to save themselves from carrying two cents any longer. But that should have nothing to do with making the change itself, just saving time. As for the math test problem, I remember writing the 1990 essay from the Point of View of a Pacific Spotted Owl. Apparently, trees falling in the forest make lots of noise in the owl's heart.
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And this is all thanks to "no child left behind"- My wife was telling me about it... if you fail a class.. they give you a week or so after the semester to make up some of the work and take some tests, and it brings your grade up to a 'c'. What a perfect way to screw around all year and still pass.

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And this is all thanks to "no child left behind"
something tells me this was a problem long before nclb. Oh, and good job on making this political.
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I make change about a 100 times a day, and I have to tell you that I have no problems with math, but that's because I was brought up to value edjamacation.
It's kind of funny... when I was working at Taco Bell, our manager would often try to increase drive thru efficiency by having an "outside" cashier. Basically, someone grabs a chair, a money till, and just collects money as the people approach you before they get to the window. This way, when the get to the window they just get their food and drive away.

I say this is funny because the manager had to look long and hard at all of us before he decided who was going to be the lucky one to sit outside. He asked me if I was any good at math. I quickly and loudly said "NO!". He said, "grab a till. You're my man." ....bastard called my bluff. That's what I get for being the only one in the store that can use words with more than 3 syllables. As it turns out, the "outside cashier" system only worked well with me because all the other "kids" had to use a calculator to make change to the nearest dollar... WTF??

Kids in school nowadays value intelligence even less than when I was in school. It's so very very sad.

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an "outside" cashier. Basically, someone grabs a chair, a money till, and just collects money as the people approach you before they get to the window. This way, when the get to the window they just get their food and drive away.
Did you have a sign next to you that said "ROB ME!!" lol, I guess that would speed up the process, but I think you would be asking for trouble.

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I've got three children.
One in high school, two still in elementary.
They just got their report cards the other day.
All three of them are on the honor roll, pretty much straight A students.
And I'm sure it is because I spend as much time as I can to help them learn.
Sometimes I think that just about all they know they learned form me and my wife...

If it were up to our schools, my 14 year old son still wouldn't know how the lightbulb works... but yeah, they teach them about enviromental impact of logging everyday. And about self-esteem and that everyone is special and all they have to do is their personal best... and about multicultural diversity and having two dads, and how to use condoms and never to share needles when shooting up. I kid you not!

I'm not rich enough to pay for my kids' education until they all become doctors and lawyers.
They will have to do it on their own.
But I'm trying as hard as I can to give them a good headstart, and it's not easy, because school is not helping much at all.

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