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Secondary Magazine - Issue 57: The interview

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Secondary Magazine Issue 57microphone

The Interview

Name: Richard Crook
About you: I work in the field of children's services. For the last ten years this has been in mental health services and more recently in schools. I am a Dad to two girls and recently got married.
The most recent use of mathematics in your job was...
presenting some statistics from Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell that show how pupils from low income families get overtaken in learning by their wealthier peers during the summer holidays.
Some mathematics that amazed you is...
research in the US found a strong correlation between height and income.  According to the evidence, an inch in height is worth an extra $789 per year in salary.
Why mathematics?
To be able to annoy pushy sales reps by asking what their APR is.

Your favourite/most significant mathematics-related anecdote is…
the wise man who, as a reward, asked his emperor for one grain of salt on the first chess board square, and two on the next, and four on the next etc... 
A mathematics joke that makes you laugh is...
Q: Did you hear the one about the statistician?
A: Probably.
Something else that makes you laugh is...
remembering back to when my younger daughter got excited about getting older - “Dad, I can't wait till I'm on the second number line!" 

Your favourite television programme is…
Top Gear.
Your favourite ice-cream flavour is...
Rum and Raisin. 
Who inspired you?
Sir Ken Robinson.

If you weren’t doing this job you would…

be fundraising for Shoe4Africa

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