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July 12, 2005

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Portia

As a math tutor, I can more than attest to that deterioration. I've seen questions in books tantamount to: "Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father, owned 20 slaves. He beat 2 every other day. How many slaves did he beat in a week."

I'm only slightly exaggerating.

Psyko

"Thomas Jefferson, a Founding Father, owned 20 slaves. He beat 2 every other day. How many slaves did he beat in a week."

Well, the answer to this question first depends on what day he starts the beatings.
If he starts on Sunday he will be beating two Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Resulting in a total beating count of eight.
If he starts on Monday he will be beating two Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Resulting in a total beating count of six.
The next bit of information we need is if he ever beats one twice in one week. If he were to beat one of them more than once the total count for the week would decrease by one with every beating they received after the first.
So, as you can see, this is not a fair question at all.

MARK

P.S. I DO NOT condone the idea of beatings OR slavery. They are both very bad and only mentioned in my post because that is what the example question Portia gave mentioned.

Portia

You would make an exceptional public school student! Except for the contradicting your textbook part and calling anything unfair. We don't like those terms, unless they're applied to conservatives, Christians or Jews having freedom (of anything).

lol. Great response. You need a blog.

Psyko

Yes, yes, I remember the good old days of public schools. (After all, they ended only a year ago. ;P) I was quite an exceptional student, teachers knew to be very exact when they made up a problem that was expected to take any amount of time. They also knew I wouldn't give them crap for any issues on small assignments. It made for an amazingly easy senior year.

Briggs

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