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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 (46096points) 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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