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Recall a parody of how math word problems have changed over time and how they reflect lowered educational standards?

Asked by Jeruba (41912 points ) January 10th, 2013

Some years ago, while working in an educational setting, I saw a parody that was making the rounds in e-mail. It had a series of math word problems that illustrated (tongue in cheek) the dumbing down of education over the decades.

The first example was a fairly difficult and complex algebra problem of the sort that might have been in a math book early in the 20th century. It was followed by 3 or 4 progressively simpler versions associated with later years. By the time it got to the nineties, it was something cute and fuzzy and brainless about two squirrels in a tree or something of that sort, and the question was about feelings.

Do you recognize the parody I’m describing, and can you find it online?

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DrBill's avatar

I remember getting something like this years ago, but sorry, I don’t have it. I would like to though.

glacial's avatar

A quick search yielded a couple of versions of this one. Is it what you’re looking for?

Jeruba's avatar

Yes, @glacial, that’s just what I was looking for, or close enough. Thank you! My recollection was imperfect, and I obviously chose the wrong search terms, but you got it.

zensky's avatar

That was funny.

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