History of Mathematical Education


 1940: A farmer sells 1 sack of potatoes for 2 dollars...
                      2 sacks for 4 dollars
                      3 for 6
                      4 x 2 = 8
                      5 x 2 = 10 ...
       How much would the farmer receive for 9 sacks?
       (show all arithmetic work)
       How much would the farmer receive for 3.5 sacks
       at 2.75 dollars per sack?
       How much would the farmer receive for 4.2 sacks
       at 3.02 dollars per sack?
       How much would the farmer receive for 7.67 sacks
       at 5.98 dollars per sack?

 1950: A farmer sells a sack of potatoes for $2.00.  The cost
       of producing it is 4/5 of the price. What is the profit?

 1960: A farmer sells a sack of potatoes for $2.00.  The cost
       of producing it is $1.60. Please figure out the profit.

 1970: A farmer sells a set of potatoes (A) for a set of
       money (B).  B is the set of all parts of B for which
       is: B is a dime.  In the dash-set, you have to for
       the set of B, do (////////////////////) twenty small
       dashes, one for each dime. The set of the cost of
       producing (C) is sixteen (////////////////) small dashes.
       Draw the set of C as a part set of the set B and give
       the resulting set (D) which gives the answer for the
       question: What size has the profit set.

 1980: A farmperson sells a sack of potatoes for $2.00. The cost
       of producing is 4/5 thereof, which is $1.60.  The
       profit is 1/5, equal to $0.40.
       Underline the word "potatoes" and discuss it with your
       math study group.

 1990: A farmer can produce a sack of potatoes at a cost of $2.00.
       These potatoes can not be exported due to foreign trade barriers
       and New World Order global policy.  But, the US Government will
       buy them for $1.60 at taxpayers expense and ship them to any
       country that is at war with itself and/or its neighbor.
       How many potatoes will this farmer have to fry at MacDonalds in
       order to qualify this as a career move after retraining at the
       government's expense?
       Multiple choice:
       a). is that a LARGE fries?
       b). this answer will be considered a correct answer by all who
           have been deprived of the background experiences necessary
           to know the difference between growing potatoes and frying
           potatoes.
       c). would ye lik somthin to drink with that?
       d). there are insufficient facts to derive more than a
           theoretical exegesis of the presently evolving social
           structure.
       e). is that fer here or ta go?

 2000: A US farmer can produce a sack of potatoes at a cost of
       2000 yen......








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