Maths through the ages

  1. Teaching Maths In 1970
    A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100.
    His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.
    What is his profit?

  2. Teaching Maths In 1980
    A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100.
    His cost of production is 80% of the price.
    What is his profit?

  3. Teaching Maths In 1990
    A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100.
    His cost of production is £80.
    How much was his profit?

  4. Teaching Maths In 2000
    A logger sells a truckload of timber for £100.
    His cost of production is £80 and his profit is £20.
    Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

  5. Teaching Maths In 2005
    A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
    inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habit of animals or the
    preservation of our woodlands. Your assignment: Discuss how the birds
    and squirrels might feel as the logger cut down their homes just for a
    measly profit of £20.

  6. Teaching Maths In 2009
    A logger is arrested for trying to cut down a tree in case it may be
    offensive to religious groups not consulted in the felling licence. He
    is also fined a £100 as his chainsaw is in breach of Health and Safety
    legislation as it deemed too dangerous and could cut something. He has
    used the chainsaw for over 20 years without incident however he does
    not have the correct certificate of competence and is therefore
    considered to be a recidivist and habitual criminal. His DNA is
    sampled and his details circulated throughout all government agencies.
    He protests and is taken to court and fined another £100 because he is
    such an easy target. When he is released he returns to find travellers
    have cut down half his wood to build a camp on his land. He tries to
    throw them off but is arrested, prosecuted for harassing an ethnic
    minority, imprisoned and fined a further £100. While he is in jail
    the travellers cut down the rest of his wood and sell it on the black
    market for £100 cash. They also have a leaving BBQ of squirrel and
    pheasant, and depart leaving behind several tonnes of rubbish and
    asbestos sheeting. The forester on release is warned that failure to
    clear the fly tipped rubbish immediately at his own cost is an
    offence. He complains and is arrested for environmental pollution,
    breach of the peace and invoiced £12,000 plus VAT for safe disposal
    costs by a regulated government contractor.

Your assignment: How many times is the logger going to have to be
arrested and fined before he realises that he is never going to make
£20 profit by hard work, give up, sign onto the dole and live off the
state for the rest of his life?

  1. Teaching Maths In 2010
    A logger doesn’t sell a lorry load of timber because he can’t get a
    loan to buy a new lorry because his bank has spent all his and their
    money on a derivative of securitised debt related to sub- prime
    mortgages in Alabama and lost the lot with only some government money
    left to pay a few million pound bonuses to their senior directors and
    the traders who made the biggest losses.

The logger struggles to pay the £1,200 road tax on his old lorry
however, as it was built in the 1970s it no longer meets the emissions
regulations and he is forced to scrap it.

Some Bulgarian loggers buy the lorry from the scrap merchant and put
it back on the road. They undercut everyone on price for haulage and
send their cash back home, while claiming unemployment for themselves
and their relatives. If questioned they speak no English and it is
easier to deport them at the governments expense. Following their
holiday back home they return to the UK with different names and fresh
girls and start again. The logger protests, is accused of being a
bigoted racist and as his name is on the side of his old lorry he is
forced to pay £1,500 registration fees as a gang master.

The Government borrows more money to pay more to the bankers as
bonus’s are not cheap. The parliamentarians feel they are missing out
and claim the difference on expenses and allowances.
You do the maths.

nah I read in the papers on the weekend that teachers passed pupils this year that were able to correctly answer:

a) write in words the number 4,117
b) what is 50% of £60!!

:ermm: :blink:

the times

I remember question 2, I still can’t work out the answer :ermm: