The poisonous toy problem
followed on the heels of recalls of toxic toothpaste, lead-leaching lunchboxes and poisoned pet food.
Perhaps it is a toy problem
that won't scale to real curriculum needs or large numbers of students, or diverse content areas, or to everyday teachers and students rather than hand-picked ones.
Obviously, linear optimization models are not simply theoretical concepts applicable to toy problems
. They are powerful, useful managerial models.