Teacher Demographics and Coronavirus

The Bigger They Are…

What I am about to discuss does not come out too often in the news. Either that, or I have not seen it reported, which could easily be the case. Right now reading the news seems to be like having a staring contest with the abyss. As Nietzsche said…

Teaching as Case Study

When we begin to look at the demographics for the workplace, it may be a good idea to take the knowledge we have of how the virus affects the older half and use that to our advantage. I’d like to use teaching as an example. There are over 3.1 million teachers in the United States, a huge number of employees. The reason has to do with human requirements: as any lecturer knows in a seminar class in college, it is very difficult to teach 100 students effectively, which is why they relegate those to higher education courses. The K-12 teachers are allowed significantly lower numbers in order to provide the attention they need. To do that, we need a lot of teachers.

Economy = Lives

This is not only the case for teaching, but with the baby boomer generation, combined with increasing life expectancy, and also a stagnating and disparate economy, the truth of the matter is that we rely on the older and they are dependent on us. A look at the chart above from OurWorldinData reports that older generations take up a larger portion of our economy as well. In March and early April, plenty of attention was given to the question in the United States of when to open up: opening up sooner could get the economy going, but could endanger American lives. Economists attempted to answer that question for us by suggesting it was a false dichotomy. Saving lives and saving the economy were the same thing. This chart above, and many more like it, help to explain why.



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Colton Royle

Colton tries to picture a world in which nobody trusted their System 1 thinking. He is currently working on trying to be a better listener.