There is an amusing story where a young school boy
inquires of his father, "Dad, what is the difference
between theory and fact?"
Only too happy to help in his son's education, his father
answers, "Son, I will give you an example between
theory and fact. Go into the kitchen and ask your
mother and your older sister if they -truthfully-
would sleep with a total stranger for $20-million."
Soon after, his son returns and tells his father, "Dad,
they both said - truthfully- that yes, for $20 million,
they would definitely sleep with a stranger."
The father looks at his son and says, "Okay son, in
theory we have $20-million. In fact, we have two
A Performance Review
Is it time for performance reviews at your work?
Here are some performance review terms and their meaning ...
Always going out of the office
Great Presentation Skills
Good Communication Skills
Spends lots of time on phone
Not too bright
Exceptionally Well Qualified
Made no major blunders yet
Work is First Priority
Too ugly to get.a date
Drinks a lot
Family is Active Socially
Spouse drinks, too
Nobody knows what he/she does
Offers plausible excuses
Won't make a decision
Uses Logic on Difficult Jobs
Gets someone else to do it
Expresses Themselves Well
Meticulous Attention to Detail
Has Leadership Qualities
Is tall or has a loud voice
Exceptionally Good Judgment.
Keen Sense of Humor
Knows a lot of dirty jokes
Can't get a job anywhere else
Last week I purchased a burger at Burger King 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 In 1970s
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?
ANSWER: His profit was $375,000 because his logging business is just a front for his marijuana growing.
Upon entering the little country store, the stranger noticed a sign saying: “DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG!” posted on the glass door. Inside he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the floor besides the cash register.
He asked the store manager, “Is THAT the dog folks are supposed to beware of?”
“Yep, that’s him,” he replied.
The stranger couldn’t help but be amused. “That certainly doesn’t look like a dangerous dog to me. Why in the world would you post that sign?”
“Because,” the owner replied, “before I posted that sign, people kept tripping over him.”
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