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"Statistics" : The average age of death of a teacher...!?!?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Jimmo, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    The C of E would probably welcome you with open arms, ElaineC.
  2. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Presumably a number of the original posters in this 12 year old thread are now dead :eek:
  3. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    I wonder how many "likes" a long-dead poster can acquire before the site implodes?:D
    Lara mfl 05 and Didactylos4 like this.
  4. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I remember them from 40 years ago.
  5. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

  6. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter


    "In looking for examples of the claim that average life expectancy at retirement for certain professions is only 18 months, More or Less found that teachers are repeat offenders in claiming this.

    "I'm not sure why teachers would expect to have short life expectancy," says Grimshaw. "They are an above average social economic group. Office for National Statistics data would suggest that teachers and similar groups to them would have over 18 years to live at age 65 [for men]."

    It would appear that the original claim of average survival of just 18 months was a good, old-fashioned typo!
    emerald52 and grumpydogwoman like this.
  7. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    Thanks, I thought it was a bit odd.
  8. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I retired at 57. I'm now 60. So I have only 15 years left. Oh. OK.
  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    My dad retired from teaching when he was 57

    He's now 81 !
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  10. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    There were some statistics a while ago that came from an audit of the teachers pension scheme. It found a fairly direct correlation between length of retirement and seniority of position.

    HT's lasted the shortest time, Deputies 2nd shortest down to people who retired as ordinary classroom teachers who had the longest retirements of all.
  11. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    My dad retired as a Headteacher at aged 56 yrs and is about to celebrate his 91st birthday! He's been in receipt of an index-linked pension for longer than he was in teaching.

    The BBC link that I gave goes on to say.
    Even that cheering news (that life expectancy is more like 18 years after retirement) is almost certainly an underestimate, because it is based on current mortality figures, and life expectancy is increasing all the time. Grimshaw says teachers and other professionals are likely to have closer to 25 or even 30 years left in them at 65.

    So next time a teacher tells you, resignedly, that they work so hard they can expect to survive only 18 months after retirement, point out that their pessimism is based on a myth. Where that leaves their pensions, however, is another matter."
  12. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Hurrah!!!! ;)
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  13. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Good for him, though I suspect he is a statistical outlier, getting out at 56 probably helped too.

    The 18 months average was always nonsense, though I do know of teachers who didn't last long, the most tragic being one who had a heart attack and died on a school bus as school was breaking up for summer, his very last day before retirement.

    The thing is as individuals, averages isn't so useful, my ambition is not to be a statistical outlier at the wrong end of the bell curve.
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Oddly enough. My FiL (ex) lasted less than 2 years.
  15. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    There's a deal of life in this thread considering it died some 12 years ago.
  16. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It's a statistical outlier - in a good way.
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  17. elledriver

    elledriver Lead commenter

    Thread For xmal.
  18. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I must have been reincarnated two years ago.
  19. Calpurnia99

    Calpurnia99 Star commenter

    This thread's been reincarnated twice!

    I already posted this but it didn't appear.
  20. elledriver

    elledriver Lead commenter

    Every few years a new group about to retire worry they only have 18 months to live.

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