Class size debate ignores overcrowding in schools

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Oct. 5, 2012 6:21 a.m.

    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.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 3, 2012 4:28 p.m.

    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 healthcare?

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Oct. 2, 2012 9:47 p.m.

    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?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 1, 2012 11:37 p.m.

    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...

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Oct. 1, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    Hiring a teachers aid to service three teachers would work wonders.