Letter: Math problems?
In last week’s Sunday Courier, Tim Carter, county schools superintendent, is quoted as saying: “The schools lose an average of 24 percent of first year teachers, and 20 percent of second-year teachers — each year.”
He went on to say, “What industry loses 44 percent of its workers each year?”
Unless things have changed since my math classes, it is a mathematical impossibility to lose 24 percent of one group and 20 percent of another, and lose 44 percent of the total — unless we are also losing essentially all of the remaining third year and beyond teachers. Mr. Carter might check his math with one of his math teachers!
Editor’s Note: Twenty-four plus 20 is the 44 percent Superintendent Carter was referring to; the schools lose an average of 24 percent of their first-year teachers and 20 percent of their second-year teachers, for a total of 44 percent each year.