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PR at Dist. 428 and utter hilarity May 19, 2006

Posted by dr. gonzo in DeKalb.
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So, I am a little post happy this afternoon.

A recent post at City Barbs about Dist. 428 hiring a $100,000 per year PR specialist has spurred some good discussion on that site, check it out.

As American schools are dirty and unsafe, we have school boards wasting taxpayer money, as a commenter at City Barbs suggested, to illegally sell referendums.

The same commenter, Mac (I hope you don’t mind that I repost this), added this hilarious take on the evolution of teaching math in American schools:

The evolution of 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? (There are no wrong answers.)

Teaching Math In 2006

The correct answers for the test are on the chalk board. Please mark your test paper as outlined on the board while we watch the movie A Beautiful Mind directed by Opie Taylor, good friend of Barney Fife, and Sheriff Taylor’s son. Who knows the name of Opie’s aunt? Hint: Second lettter in the alphabet which you learned in 5th grade.

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1. yinn - May 21, 2006

I sent an LTE to the Chron, hope they not only publish it but that they print the whole thing, which mentions the opportunity to continue the discussion at citybarbs. It would especially be cool if a couple of DHS students would talk about their school there.

2. dr. gonzo - May 21, 2006

That would be a great thing. Did the Chronicle moratorium against your letters end?

3. yinn - May 23, 2006

Yes, indeedy. They only suppressed the anti-mega-warehouse stuff, & in fact when I sent one sans mention of a certain VIP involved in the project, it was published.

Here’s the school LTE.

4. dr. gonzo - May 23, 2006

Fixed the link : ), it went to one of today’s letters. And they even published the blog address. Nice.


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