Sunday, March 7, 2010
Wither Class Size
"Laws aimed at lowering class sizes in US public schools are coming under fire as budget shortfalls lead many states to slash education spending. ... The moves follow California's easing of class-size targets last year, which helped result in around 75% of the state's public elementary schools incresing class sizes thus school year, according to estimates from a University of California, Los Angeles, report last month. ... The move toward bigger classes is causing a backlash among some teachers and parents, who argue that smaller classes are essential for individualized instruction. ... Others say the benefits of smaller class sizes are unproven", Cari Tuna at the WSJ, 13 February 2010, link:
Smaller class size is another Teacher-Educationalist-Social Worker complex scam. I remember New York's Catholic schools in the 1950s has classes of 40-50. So? It's good to see the dismal science at work. Fund "shortages" may even cut school costs. I remember the Columbia Teachers College fools who "visited" us in about 1962 and were shocked to find NYC public school class size was negatively related to student achievement. Had they asked us, we could have told them that's what they would find. Why? NYC assigned the largest classes to the best students, the smallest classes to the worst!