# The Decline of America – as seen in Math lessons (1950-2014)

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Here’s the same high school Math question from the 1950s to the present.
In the 1950s:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
In the 1970s:
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?
In the 1980s:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for \$100. His cost of production is \$80. Did he make a profit ? Yes or No
In the 1990s:
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.
In the 2000s:
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).
In 2014:
Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara \$100. El costo de la producciones es \$80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?
H/t Peter
~Eowyn

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### 0 responses to “The Decline of America – as seen in Math lessons (1950-2014)”

1. Por favor, no habla Español.

2. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!,,

3. DCG

Common Core approved!

4. Anonymous

Thanks, liberals!

5. May I suggest you don’t repeat the same 20 dollars in each but adjust for inflation too? 😉

6. MomofIV

Truest example of the dumbing-down of America…also, best laugh of the day!

7. Oh – this is soooo priceless! A zillion thanks – let’s see, that’s a trillion plus a trillion, plus….

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