As a teacher, I found that a class of 22-24 was easily managed, if I didn't
have students with significant behavior problems. Too many clasrooms include
students who are not able to cope with a class setting. If you have ten
students, and one of them is continually disruptive, bullies other students, or
in some way is a significant distraction, the other nine will be impacted (to
say nothing of how that one student isn't benefitting). In fact, if all the
students are reasonable in behavior and motivation, a larger class is workable.
"Paras" are a great help, and are an economical way to enhance the
learning environment. If there are students with significant behavior or
learning difficulties, a para is needed for each one.
It's not the class size, or bad teachers.It's the liberal
mentality, and management. Look at what it's doing to our economy, and
We are always being compared to Japan and Korea for test scores and performance
in schools. If you look at the NY Times article "Class Size Around the
World", Japan and Korea average 27 and 31 students per classroom
respectively. If class size is so critical, how is it that they can outperform
the US with larger class sizes?Why is it that educators only
complain about class size, since the class size is not the significant factor is
high performing educational settings?
It is interesting to see this article when in Utah we are talking class sizes of
30-35 for elementary and 40-45 for many secondary classes. The high class sizes
reported in the article would be welcomed by most Utah teachers...
Hiring a teachers aid to service three teachers would work wonders.