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How our governments have changed mathematics

Our correspondent writes ...

Some of really do believe educational standards have been lowered since we went to school and we definitely know that New Labour want to penalise us for everything we do that does not fall in line with their thinking so here is a tongue-in-cheek look at how maths has been taught over the years.

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?

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?

Teaching Maths In 1990

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

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.

Teaching Maths In 2005

 A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals nor the preservation of our woodlands.

Your assignment: Discuss how the birds and squirrels might feel as the logger cuts down their homes for a measly profit of just £20.

Teaching Maths In 2009

 A logger is arrested for trying to cut down a tree in case it may be offensive to Muslims or other religious groups not consulted in the felling licence.

He is also fined a £100 as his chainsaw is in breach of Health & Safety legislation - it is deemed too dangerous as it could cut something. He has used the chainsaw for over 20 years without incident but 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 are 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 Gypsies 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 Gypsies cut down the rest of his wood and sell it on the black market for £100 cash. They also have a BBQ of squirrel and pheasant after which they depart leaving behind several tonnes of rubbish, burnt lorry tyres and asbestos sheeting.

On release from prison, the forester 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 is invoiced for costs of £12,000 plus VAT for safe disposal 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?

Teaching Maths In 2010

 A logger doesnít sell a lorry load of timber because he canít get a loan to buy a new lorry. His bank has spent all his (and everybody else's) money on a derivative of securitised debt related to sub-prime mortgages in Alabama. They lost the lot and now have 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 which, as it was built in the 1970s, no longer meets the emissions regulations. He is thus forced to scrap it.

Bulgarian loggers buy the lorry from the scrap merchant and put it back on the road without any modifications or tax disc. They undercut everyone on price for haulage and send their cash back home, while claiming unemployment benefit for themselves and all their relatives. If questioned they claim that they speak no English, but they are able to explain to their inquisitors that it is easier and cheaper to deport them at the government's expense.

Following their UK tax-payer funded holiday back home in Bulgaria they return to the UK with different names and start again. The logger spots them and protests. He is accused of being a bigoted racist.

Since his name is still painted 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 for their new bonuses. The parliamentarians feel they are missing out and claim the difference on expenses and allowances.

You do the maths ...!!!

Teaching Maths In 2017

أ المسجل تبيع حموله شاحنة من الخشب من اجل 100 دولار. صاحب تكلفة ا لانتاج منالثمن. ما هو الربح له؟

Stefan Danailov writes:

Excellent observation and I am Bulgarian :-)

"Many men stumble across the truth ... but most manage to pick themselves up and continue as if nothing had happened."

Winston S Churchill

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