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Published: Sunday, Oct. 6 2013 2:41 p.m. MDT

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RWSmith6
Providence, UT

It's nice to see there's worry about what goes on in schools besides learning to handle and succeed with what will appear on the many uniform tests now so much a part of K-12. We've been falling behind rapidly as a nation in international assessments, and for the first time in a great many years the U.S.recently was surpassed in "innovation," the very thing that has contributed to U.S. success for so long.

Those who say smaller classes make no difference fail to realize that engaging students to think through what they're learning requires the kind of engagement of student minds that only regularly vigorous interaction in the classroom can achieve. And smaller classes are, for that, a necessity. Only occasionally can a teacher lecturing have students thinking and solving without significant interaction.

America's dominance internationally is at risk these days, except militarily. Education, as has always been the case, is too important to take for granted--exactly what we do when we fail to plan and fund for the long-term.

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