Math is hard

When I left provincial cabinet there were 30 more teachers employed in this province than when I came in.

"When I left provincial cabinet there were 30 more teachers employed in this province than when I came in," he said, adding the calculation is based on provincial education spending and teacher-student ratios at the time.

This reminds me of the old math joke: 2 + 2 = 5 (for very large values of 2). Because when you say "there were 30 more teachers" it shouldn't actually depend on the ratio of anything to anything. There should be, um, 30 more teachers.

And oddly, actual history tells us that Pallister's Conservatives cut millions and millions of dollars from the education budget. Manitoba school boards had to lay off some 600 teachers *and* raise property taxes to make up for the cuts.

Seems like someone with Pallister's poor grasp of math probably shouldn't be in charge of education. Or money, probably. And not funding education, definitely.

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