By Tyler on March 7th, 2008
As everyone who works within shouting distance of me here at Scholastic knows, I love interesting and quirky facts about just about everything.
When the first copies of our library division’s America the Beautiful book series arrived at my desk, I was in heaven. Here’s a good one from the Nevada book:
“There’s enough concrete in the Hoover Dam to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York City!”
Here’s a good one about Scholastic: The Scholastic national distribution center in Jefferson City, Mo., shipped more than 230 million units (books, etc) in the last fiscal year in 14 million boxes, which, if laid end to end, would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles (or in Asian terms, from Shanghai to Mumbai).
I’m a nerd, I know.
So, back to the point of this post. I wanted to know how many elementary school teachers there are in the U.S. for a project I’m working on, and I found this press release, which compiled U.S. Census data in 2004 about teachers.
Here are some of the highlights:
Number of all teachers in the United States.
The percentage of teachers who are women.
Proportion of teachers who are non-Hispanic black. Another 5.5 percent are Hispanic, 2.9 percent are non-Hispanic Asian and 0.5 percent are non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska native.
Number of elementary and middle school teachers. These teachers, of whom 79 percent are women, comprise about half of all teachers.