```Finally! A punch line!
Suzanne

Learn as if you will live forever.
Live as if you will die tomorrow.
Gandhi

Suzanne Gamache
Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Centers for Learning & Academic Support Services
UMass Lowell, Southwick 321
1 University Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone:  (978) 934-2947
Fax:      (978) 934-3088

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2007 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: Math for Liberal Arts Majors

Perhaps fortuitously, a colleague of mine and a Cal Tech graduate, this
morning sent me the following  email that might relate, if only
tangentially, to

Happy New Year Anyway.
Gene Kerstiens
Andragogy Associates
(310) 326-5819
www.sbi4windows.com

Subject: THE NEW MATH

Last week I purchased a burger at McDonnell's for \$3.58
The counter girl took my \$4.00 and 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......

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
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?

Teaching Math In 2006
Un ranchero vende una carretera de maderapara
\$100. El cuesto de la produccion era \$80. Cuantos
tortillas se puede comprar?

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