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Still More Fun with math…again!

8 Oct

Here we go…again!

More exciting news is on hand for the mathematically challenged and for teachers everywhere should Mr. Willard Romney be elected as president of the United States!

No doubt standardized tests will have to be updated and recalculated to accommodate the new math. Here are just a few examples of what our students and teachers will have to look forward to.

 

“The president’s put it in place as much public debt — almost as much debt held by the public as all prior presidents combined.” When President Obama took office, the national debt stood at $10.626 trillion. Now the national debt is over $16 trillion or a $5.374 trillion increase.

 

RomneyMath:  5.374 = 10.626

 

“My — my number-one principal is, there will be no tax cut that adds to the deficit. I want to underline that: no tax cut that adds to the deficit.” A Tax Policy Center analysis of Romney’s proposal for a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut in all federal income tax rates, eliminating the Alternative Minimum Tax, eliminating the estate tax and other tax reductions, would reduce federal revenue by $480 billion in 2015.

 

RomneyMath:  X – 480,000,000,000 = X

 

In one year, you provided $90 billion in breaks to the green energy world. Now, I like green energy as well, but that’s about 50 years’ worth of what oil and gas receives.” The $90 billion was given out over several years and $23 billion of the $90 billion “went toward “clean coal,” energy-efficiency upgrades, updating the electricity grid and environmental clean-up of nuclear waste. Oil and Gas tax breaks equal about 2.4 billion dollars a year.

 

RomneyMath:  90-23 = 50 X 2.4 …OR 67 = 120

 

I think about half of [the green firms Obama invested in have gone out of business.” As of late last year, only “three out of the 26 recipients of 1705 loan guarantees have filed for bankruptcy.

 

RomneyMath:  3 = 26/2 …OR 3 = 13

 

No matter who one votes for, I think that facts should matter. If we really care about education then we have to care about facts. Remember your vote counts! Unless of course we change counting too.

How to Save Money for College

12 Sep

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More Math Fun

First of all a word to parents: Parents, I highly recommend college for your children. A college education is a great way to boost your child’s future earning potential. I also highly recommend the cheapest, closest, most affordable college education you can find for your child. Why spend money that you don’t have when the whole idea is to create a way for your children to get money that they don’t have so that you don’t have to spend more of the money that you didn’t have in the first place? What you’ll discover is that a college education = a college education. And since most Americans don’t have a college degree (only 30.4% do) any college degree is a wonderful thing to have.

So, how do we save for it?

Well, a few years ago I would have said buy United States Savings Bonds! Money that I put into U.S. Bonds when my children were little doubled and even tripled by the time they reached college age. But in 2006 Congress voted to reduce the interest rate on bonds from 6 percent annually to .04 percent. That’s only a reduction from 6 to 4 so that’s not bad right? But there’s that sad little percentage point again so actually that’s a 93 percent reduction in interest on U.S. Savings bonds and 93 percent is like…well…everything! So forget bonds.

I’d say put your money in a savings account but remember that for every 10 thousand dollars you save this year, next year you’ll have 10 thousand dollars and… 3 gallons of gas. So, forget savings accounts.

How about a nice mutual fund or stock portfolio? Well, mutual fund agents used to guarantee 8 to 12 percent average interest over the life of your fund but of course that was a market based guarantee which was not actually a guarantee of any kind as they’d always remind you when you were signing up for the fund. Plus they always use those fun math words like average and interest which they are pretty sure you weren’t paying much attention to in math class. And when they say no guaranteed interest boy they sure don’t kid around! No guarantee, no 12 percent. No interest, period. When they say no guarantee these days what they really mean is, “We’ll take your money. Thank you very much.” And they will and they did. The stock market (just like you suspected) really is for people with 14 billion dollars, who really don’t need all that money and who really do have 100 years to not care whether it’s here today, gone tomorrow and back again. So forget the stock market.

What about 401ks? Stock Market again! See above. Plus you get a 10 percent penalty and taxed another 20 percent if you use it before you are 59 and ½. Hopefully your kids are gone by then because you’re going to need that money. Trust me! (And what’s the ½ for? Just to fuck with us?) Plus think about this. If you start your fund at age 22 then you’re telling your fund manager to hold onto your money for 37and 1/2 years without guaranteeing you any interest and without even a guarantee that you’ll get it all back but you’re pretty much guaranteed not to be able to touch it without a whopping big penalty for doing so. Imagine if someone asked you to hold onto a pile of money for 37 years and you knew they wouldn’t be coming back for it for 37 years. What might you do with it?…just food for thought…

So, how do we save for college? The mattress! Yep, you heard me Every dollar in gets you 1 dollar out plus when you consider adding all of the spare change that falls out of your pocket and lands under the bed your mattress has a higher average annual yield then most government securities! So parents of America, To the Mattresses I say! To the Mattresses!

New Jersey’s Richest!

11 Sep

     Okay so the richest person in the world is a woman from Australia, but who is the richest woman in New jersey? She is Jaqueline Mars! And as of March 2012 she had a net worth of 13.8 billion dollars! How did she do it? Through hard work and no socializing, smoking or drinking right? Wrong!

     She inherited it from her grandfather and father of the Mars candy billionaires, owners of the world’s largest candy company. The candy maker’s most famous brands include Milky Way, M&M’s, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Skittles, and Snickers, reportedly named for the Mars family’s favorite horse. (He was a hard worker I’ll bet!) Anyway, over 400 million M&M’s are produced in the United States each day. (Them’s a lot of Ms). How do I know this? Because once upon a time I oversaw the selling of quite a few of those millions of M’s while employed as a school teacher in Ms. Mars’ very own home state of New Jersey.

     That’s how we would fund raise in the good old days! Buy a case of M&M’s from the home company and watch them sell! Most kids couldn’t get out of the classroom and into the hallway before their entire inventory was sold, they were that popular amongst school children (Didn’t their parents ever feed them at home?) In fact, Selling M&M’s in public school was a better gig then the beer concession at Yankee Stadium!

     Once a colleague suggested that our drama club sell something better to the kids that was potentially good for them like apples. Apples! What was she out of her mind??! Maybe if I priced each apple at $10,000 and then hoped to sell 1! So we tried Dunkin’ Donuts instead and broke the bank! We couldn’t even get them into the building, they were incredibly popular but we had to stop because the powdered sugar that was strewn about the building due to their frenzied demand had become a health hazard…and come to thing of it perhaps the beginning of the diabetes epidemic in America…but I digress.

     That was the late 70’s and now we have regulations in schools about the things we can and can’t sell to kids (Apparently eating healthy is good for you!) but it did occur to me way back then that I was helping the richest woman in New Jersey get richer and that most public schools were doing the same thing and that even though we were all making money there was something inherently wrong in financing extra curricular activities in public schools with candy sales and in making the richest person in NJ richer while our school district was always getting poorer…but even today in the 21st century, though most schools have stopped selling her product, she is still the richest woman in New Jersey! So those nasty “socialist anti-business regulations” that are strangling the richest Americans chance at making more bucks are really not a problem at all.

      Ms. Mars is also a trustee of the United States Equestrian team and sits on the board of the Washington National Opera, which recently completed a merger with the Kennedy Center, (Of course!)  so I’m willing to venture a guess that she cares about stuff and isn’t just all about money. (I’m guessing)  So if I have a point to all this it would be that America’s richest people have all the money…okay, most of the money…maybe just a shit load…but no matter how you look at them, their money just keeps getting them more money (Even when the banks steal ours! How does that work?!) so sooner or later we’re going to need their help. That’s all…just sayin’.

      Oh and By the way, Ms. Mars also owns Wrigley’s gum. You know, that stuff you chew when you’re just sittin’ around wasting time and not working hard. Ironic, isn’t it?

If You Think Numbers Are Fun then you’ll Just Love Percentages!

11 Sep

 

If You Think Numbers Are Fun then you’ll Just Love Percentages!

 

Of all the U.S. students in the graduating class of 2009 who had advanced skills in math, only six percent performed at the advanced level. Maybe this is why.

My bank gives me .1 percent interest on the money that I keep in my checking account. I keep it in my checking account because let’s face it, I never get to keep my money for very long before it’s headed someplace else.  They used to pay me 6 percent interest when I was little but that was a long time ago when banks had way less money than they have now and could afford giving me more interest…wait a minute…is that correct? Unfortunately it is. Anyway, 6 percent is another way of saying .06 and .1 percent is another way of saying .001

As far as numbers go .06 and .001 don’t look all that much different do they, but .06 is actually 60 times more than .001. That means that the bank cut my interest by 60 times! They are now giving me 60 times less interest on my money then they were giving me when I was a child. Boy, I sure wish that banks had more money today than they used to when I was a kid…oh wait…they do!

Anyway, back when I had 1 million dollars in the bank and was getting that 6 percent interest I would make 60 thousand dollars every year just for keeping it in the bank. Today the bank only gives me 1 thousand dollars a year for keeping my 1 million dollars there. But wait! I don’t have 1 million dollars. I lost some in the Savings and Loan scandal and then lost some in the Enron Scandal and then lost some more in the latest banking scandal (Did they name it yet? Perhaps they can call it the Bernie Madoff Did It All By Himself and Nobody Else in the Whole Wide World Could Figure it out but Him so Only He Was Punished scandal)  when the banks lost most of their money too (which they then got back from the government I think, even though I didn’t get any of my money back) but I am getting .1 percent interest from the bank for doing me the favor of holding onto my money before they lose it.

Anyway, that .1 percent looks an awfully lot like 1 percent doesn’t it? But it is actually 10 time less. That’s the power of the percentage point. So now the 10 thousand dollars that I have left in my account gets me an additional 10 dollars a year in interest which I can use to drive myself to the poor house…As long as it’s no more than 3 gallons of gas away!)

Perhaps this is why kids in the United States don’t like learning math. Math is just too sad…but I will say this: If we use math wisely and apply it to our daily lives, troubles, problems and deficits, we can solve all of our problems! When will we learn what every math teacher already knows? Just do the math!

Adopt A State! (Or more Math Fun)

10 Sep

So…The wealthiest 400 Americans have 1.37 trillion dollars between them. And according to the most recent survey by the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), the 50 United States and the District of Columbia spent a little more than $1 trillion in state revenues in fiscal year 2010.

That means that the 400 wealthiest Americans have more money between them than the 50 United States (plus the District of Columbia) do! They have 370 billion dollars more! And when you consider that the 50 United States (plus the District of Columbia) are facing a 350 billion dollar shortfall this year…well then the 400 wealthiest Americans really have 720 billion dollars more than the rest of us poor folks have to spend on the things that we need (and maybe some things that we don’t need…just sayin’)

But don’t despair because here’s some advice from the wealthiest woman in the world (not an American….the nerve!) Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart: “If you’re jealous of those with more money, don’t just sit there and complain, Do something to make more money yourself — spend less time drinking or smoking and socializing, and more time working. There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire, Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others.”     

     Now if we apply Ms. Rinehart’s theory and if the 400 wealthiest Americans have 1.37 trillion dollars between them then why not have them “Adopt a State!” We can divide 400 by 50 and have 8 billionaires adopt one state apiece. Then we can ask them to “HELP” By paying off some of our debts for us. After all they have most of the money! In fact they have more money then all of the states combined…and that’s just 400 people out of over 300 million people. Wow! We can call them “Super American Patriots” and we could show them our love by letting them change the states names or erecting statues and plaques to honor them or whatever they’d like. After all they have MOST OF THE MONEY! And since they would be adopting us we’d be like millions of Little Orphan Annies and they would be like 8 Daddy Warbucks and we could all sing and dance and rejoice in their patriotism and love for us. And one of them could get to be president. Why not? After all they do have most of the money and with their aggregate wealth increasing every year and the states going further into debt every year…well, it seems like a no brainer to me…

      But maybe I’m wrong and the answer lies in not why people are rich but rather in why people are poor? Ms. Rinehart blamed what she described as “socialist,” anti-business government policies, and urged Australian officials to lower the minimum wage and cut taxes. She said: “The millionaires and billionaires who choose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young, She added: “This secret needs to be spread widely.”

So now that it’s out there. Let’s go America’s Billionaires! Adopt a state!

Isn’t Math fun? (and you wondered why you were forced to study it in school)

 

How Much Is Much?

10 Sep

(More math fun!)

The wealthiest 400 Americans have 1.37 trillion dollars between them.

According to the 2010 census 15.7% of all Americans live in poverty.

304 million Americans X 15.7% = 47.8 million Americans in poverty.

If all 47.8 million of America’s poor people went to McDonald’s 3 times a day and each ordered one item from the dollar menu each time they were there for breakfast lunch and dinner and then if McDonalds sent the bill to the 400 wealthiest Americans to be shared among them they would have to pay a bill of 143.4 million dollars just for that one day! (Not including tax of course) Then if the poorest 47.8 million Americans continued to dine each day at the Golden Arches on the wealthiest American’s dime, the total bill for one year would be 143.4 million dollars times 365 days for a grand total of $52,341,000,000.00 or in words, 52 billion, and 341 million dollars! Wow!

That means that those poor billionaires would have shelled out a whopper of their fortune equaling a grand total of 3.8% of their aggregate wealth! Yes, that’s right! After feeding 47.8 million poor Americans 3 times a day for an entire year, (albeit on McDonald’s dollar menu…but who doesn’t like McDonald’s?) the 400 wealthiest Americans would still have $1,317,659,000,000.00 left, or in words, 1 trillion, 317 billion, 659 million dollars!

But wait it gets better! According to Forbes magazine the richest 400 Americans increased their overall wealth by 8% in 2010 so even after feeding America’s poor for an entire year; (albeit on McDonald’s dollar menu…but who doesn’t like McDonald’s?) they would still be richer than when the year began! How cool, or sick, is that?! And by the way, let’s just forget about how rich McDonald’s would be! (My apologies to Burger King…maybe next year?)

Of course, the richest 400 Americans would never do this and we wouldn’t ask them to nor would we expect them to. In fact it would be silly to even think of such a thing and it would be un-American too because the rich people earned their money and the poor people didn’t. And besides if we gave money to the poor people then they would have money and then they wouldn’t be poor and how would that make people who already had money that they earned feel? They would feel bad wouldn’t they and cheated somehow too so we wouldn’t even consider such a thing. There are rich and there are poor and that’s the way of things because after all fair is fair. Right? The rich eat in grand style and the poor go hungry and that’s the way it is and always has been and dare I say always should be? Is this what we teach our children? That because of hunger and poverty our food tastes more delicious?

But consider this. In the history of the world there have been many great and prosperous civilizations and they have all failed. And usually at the time of the failing some few folks had all of the money and most other folks had none. They were either Kings or Queens or Popes or Emperors or Czars or Caesars or Pharaohs or whatever and they always invoked the divine right of the gods as the reason for concentrating all of that wealth in the hands of one man or one small circle of family and friends. Eventually the disenfranchised, poor populace grows disinterested and disaffected and the empire succumbs to a force of outsiders who invade and plunder. While the wealthy few run away or hide or are murdered or all 3! Then the new conquerors share in the plunder and even rejoice while sharing, and then the cycle begins anew as the new leaders emerge and invariably begin indulging in their own grandeur until…

Fortunately we no longer have empires such as those in the world today but we still have world leaders who rule with concentrated power and wealth. In the United States however, our president is not among the wealthiest men in the nation and we have no all powerful despot who rules with an iron hand under the divine rights of either religion or lineage but we still have concentrated wealth in the hands of a few and those few are now the business and corporate leaders of the world. Where we once had popes and kings we now have CEOs and corporations (The latter which ironically enough have recently been declared to be persons by our Supreme Court composed of actually real people!) and they have quite a large amount of wealth at their disposal which is growing while the wealth of the common population is shrinking. This is the historical recipe for national disaster. No matter how vast and distant the empire may reach, when the interior rots the empire always withers and dies.

Our public schools represent that interior. They are the nucleus which fuels the fire of freedom and free enterprise. We have built our greatness from the inside out and we look to replenish our strengths and our greatness through the rebirth and reaffirmation of our ideals in our children. We have never expanded our influence by conquering other nations and bending their citizens to our will. Instead we have spread our influence through the free trade and free movement of our citizens and by setting an example of economic wealth that can be earned and shared and experienced by all and not concentrated within a few.

Our public schools must be fortified and not abandoned. They must be embraced and enhanced and empowered in terms of anticipating and responding to technological, social, political, economic, and competitive change. Healthy cultures must always be willing to rethink their most basic assumptions about themselves in order to improve and grow and repair their societies and we must be willing to accept that what our schools need now more than ever is not a cut in spending but rather a renewed effort to spend more on the future and the future generations who will lead us.

Today’s students are willing to work hard but what makes us think that they are going to be willing to work hard for low wages that would suffice a life in China or India or some other-where where they don’t live? America’s corporate leaders and great men of wealth need to stop hoarding and start spreading the wealth. They can begin by first embracing the public schools of this country with largess and generosity and then by raising wages across the middle and poorer classes of society so that the term “working poor” is eradicated from our vocabulary.

Today’s students of the 21st century in America are beginning to notice that it is getting harder and harder to bring the American dream, a dream of studying hard then working hard, and then achieving affluence, into focus and for most of our poorest students that dream is nothing more than a taunting apparition of their hopelessness: a happy meal that they will never be able to afford

More Fun With Math

9 Sep

 The average student has a strange and often perplexing aversion to all things mathematical…

Perhaps they have dyscalculia? I hope not although it’s really just a fancy word for an impaired ability to learn grade-appropriate mathematics. Akin to dyslexia, only about 5% of our students are diagnosed with it. However, many of our public school students if not most, will still claim an aversion to math and a dislike for complicated formulas and calculations of the math kind. Still we all must admit that numbers are important since they constitute most of the other segment of our life that doesn’t involve words.

And although numbers can be written out as words, they really require a mental imagery or visualization within our brains to understand them. And even that doesn’t help much when the average human tries to process extremely large numbers. 1 million seems like a pretty large number to most people and numbers beyond that seem to fall into the category of “a lot”. How many people can really visualize how much 1 billion is? Here’s an illustration: If you had 1 million dollars you could spend 1 thousand dollars every day for 3 years. If you had 1 billion dollars you could spend 1 thousand dollars every day for 3 thousand years! Or you could spend 1 million dollars every year for 1 thousand years, but since you are not going to live for a thousand years how about just spending 10 million dollars a year for 100 years? Does that sound more manageable? That’s still spending 30 thousand dollars a day, without taking a day off for 100 years. That’s doable don’t ya think? That’s what having 1 billion dollars would mean.

New York City’s mayor Michael Bloomberg has 14 billion dollars. He could spend 400 thousand dollars every day for 100 years without going broke (and that’s if he doesn’t earn any more money in the next 100 years…of course he’ll be in his 160’s by then too) During December of 2010 we had a snowstorm that crippled New York City for a few days. Experts say that it costs about 1 million dollars an inch to clean the snow off of New York City streets during a snow storm. The average snowfall per year, over the past 100 years, in New York City is 28 inches per year. That means that Mayor Bloomberg could pay to plow the streets of New York City out of his own pocket for the next 100 years;

28 x 1,000,000 x 100 = 2,800,000,000 (2 billion 8 hundred million)

(Saving the city’s budget a bundle of money) and still have 11 billion 200 million dollars left over! (And that’s if he doesn’t earn any more money in the next 100 years…of course he’ll be in his 160’s by then too) That’s how big a number 14 billion is!

But just imagine if Mayor Bloomberg were to offer to do something like that. Wouldn’t the people love him? I’d vote to make him mayor forever if he demonstrated such largess, and I don’t even live in New York City (but I’d move there) but even though he probably won’t offer to do such a thing Congress has just voted to extend his tax cuts anyway so he’ll be worth more by this time next year.

See, isn’t it fun to try to contemplate how big numbers are? Aren’t numbers fun? Or is it that they make us sad, especially when we use them to illustrate how poor we are. No matter how often we add everything up they always seems to come out on the short side of what we want our total of “whatever it is” to be. Maybe using numbers and math just adds (no pun intended) to whatever it is that makes us all feel miserable about life and so we feel a natural aversion to it?

Stay tuned for more math fun…

Fun With Math! or…

8 Sep

Who Likes Math Anyway?

     If words are what’s most important in our education and in our development of knowledge then Math is a close second and probably, and unfortunately, next to English, the most despised of courses among students in public education. Maybe Mathematics is first? I don’t know. I haven’t done the math! See what I mean? Most of us dislike math so much we can’t even crunch the numbers to figure out how much we don’t like it!

Fun with Numbers

      Math is extremely important…so much so that here is a little illustration to prove it. Everyone has 2 biological parents, right?: 1 man and 1 woman. Scientists and creationists are in agreement on this. And each parent must also have 2 parents: Again, 1 male and 1 female. Therefore, we each have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great, great-grandparents and so on.

This is called a geometric progression. 2 x 2 x 2 etc. and you probably first learned about this concept in grammar school. The process of this progression, where each number is a fixed multiple of the previous one, is called exponential increase where 2 x 2 = 4 and 2 x 4 = 8 and 2 x 8 = 16. Etc.

It’s math! And it’s as indisputable a fact as the fact that Adam and Eve have no belly buttons. In fact its simple multiplication and everyone can and does do it. And it’s fun too! Just go ask mom and dad or grandma and grandpa…but more importantly, if we each have 2 parents and so forth and so on, then if you could trace your family lineage back just 30 generations or 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 stretched out 30 times (Which wouldn’t even take you back to ancient Rome by the way) you’d have 18.5 quintillion ancestors! It’s true!

Yet scientific study also tells us that in the history of the world there have only been about 100 to 150 billion people who have lived on Earth (only about 7 billion of those live here now)

So how is it possible for each of us to have so many ancestors?

It’s possible (and yes, it is possible) because WE ALL SHARE ANCESTORS! WE ARE ALL, EACH ONE OF US, RELATED TO EVERYONE ELSE, somehow, someway and at someplace in time. (and supposedly we’re all related to Kevin Bacon but don’t ask me how)

It’s possible because we are all Earthlings, from this planet, living on this planet and sharing the one and only finite planet, Earth. We are not different beings who are separate from one another and living worlds apart. We are the same beings, born from the same planet who then MOVED worlds apart. To figure it out and understand it, all you have to do is the math… And you thought math wasn’t for everyone but it is and its basic application can help explain so much about this world which many of us find so perplexing and confusing. This is what Math teachers KNOW and what they wish and hope and sometimes pray that their students would come to understand…This is why we study math in school and why we need to continue teaching it.

Still More Fun with Numbers

Now that we’ve discovered that we are all related and there’s no reason to hate one another because we’re so different, we are going to have to decide just how many relatives we want!

So, using the same geometric progression (which you did learn in school) (and if you forgot it was your fault by the way, and not some teacher’s or failing school district’s) we can discover that the world’s population increases in the same way that your family’s population increases. The more people you have, the more people you get. It’s sex! Which is multiplication! (Another reason why we all need to learn math) Which is sex! Which is multiplication! You get the idea.

It took the planet Earth and earthlings, thousands of years to reach a population of 1 billion people, and that happened in 1804. Then it took only 123 years to reach 2 billion people in 1927. Then only 33 years later in 1960 we reached a population of 3 billion people and that was even though we fought a major world war in between (can you name which one?) where tens of millions of people were killed! Wow! That’s the power of exponential increases!

Since then we’ve added 1 billion earthlings to the planet Earth about every 12 years so that by 2011 we had reached 7 billion inhabitants on the planet. So, we’ve gone from 1 billion to 7 billion people living on the planet Earth in only 207 years.

Conservative population experts say that our growth rate is slowing down a bit and it should take us until around 2045 before we reach a world population of 9 billion. And if we continue to do the math then in about one hundred years or by the year 2111 or so we should have 14 billion people or twice as many as we have now, on the planet earth! (If you are as old as I am then you can remember how it took so long for that McDonald’s sign to reach “Over 1 billion served” and then a little while after that McDonald’s stopped counting and just put up a sign that read “Billions and billions served) Well, that’s where our world’s population is heading. Someday, who knows, we may also just stop counting and when students raise their hands and ask, “How many people are there in the world?” A teacher’s response may simply be, “A shit load!” (Hopefully teachers will be able to swear in class, just like the kids, by then) And why? Probably because we’ll all be tired of counting because we’ll be crowded and poor and tired and angry from having to wait on line somewhere for something and as a result a lot ruder than we are now.

And so this is why we need to learn math and also why we need to have access to condoms and birth control and sex education and planned parenting. It’s in the numbers. It’s basic Mathematics! And you can’t deny it or refute it or claim that it isn’t happening or invoke intelligent design to wish it all away. Global warming?! Forget that! Someday we’ll have Global Cuddling!

And once again all you have to do is the math!

 But still, the average student has a strange and often perplexing aversion to all things mathematical…

 

 

 

 

 

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