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Education Letter: Old'ums are golden

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I KNOW a mathematician and economist who had been considering a training as a maths teacher after early retirement from a bank. After reading a number of articles about older teachers not being able to find jobs, he has decided not to take the risk.

It seems to me that if there is a shortage of teachers in a subject and a surplus of people with the requisite knowledge, commercial experience and, quite likely, children of their own, and interested in a second career at age 50, then there ought to be a good reason for not trying hard to match the two.

It's a funny old world.