I really enjoyed this article. For those of you concerned about class size and potential budget cuts in your state that might increase class size, this article examines several aspects of the debate and is worth the read.
As a former parochial school teacher and principal, I am of the mindset that I would rather have my child in a class of 30 with an awesome teacher than in a class of 20 with a less than stellar educator. I had 37 students in my first grade class one year (w/a full time aide), and we had a ball. The kids had a blast, learned a lot and you know what, so did I!
Another layer to this debate, and one that is not often spoken about, is the value of learning in an environment where your needs are not always immediately met and where your problems are not always immediately solved. There are some social positives to learning the self-reliance that comes with a larger class. Just a thought!
Another thought…spend more time, effort and funding on ensuring that teacher preparation programs are turning out GREAT teachers. I do not believe that as a whole, teacher preparation programs in the United States are rigorous enough and demand enough from students enrolled in them. If we turned out better prepared teachers, class size would not be as much of an issue.
What does everything else think???