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  •  isn't his son running some sort of (13+ / 0-)

    Charter school venture? What does their website say about class size? Ya think there's a blurb about how Korea determined that class size doesn't matter, so if you send your kids here, we'll pack 'em all in...

    Also, what exactly does he think of teachers' time? They are already spending hours upon hours of their "free time" (literally free since they don't get paid for work they do at home...) grading papers. What happens when they add 50% more students? Out of necessity, teachers won't be able to assign writing anymore -- everything will end up being T/F or something equally easy to grade in a timely fashion.

    what a snob...

    The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of a man, though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least -- Albert Einstein

    by theKgirls on Fri May 25, 2012 at 07:31:08 AM PDT

    •  They won't be able to grade all the math homework. (2+ / 0-)

      Teachers are already not grading homework. Letting the students grade their own HW.  I was student teaching and the students were not honestly grading themselves and since the teacher did not have time to look over their solutions, she had no idea what the students understood or not.
      What's more, what little grading or evaluation taking place was based on the final answer only and not the process of logic involved.

    •  This is actually a HUGELY important issue. (6+ / 0-)

      In fact, it is THE only issue that matters when it comes to improving the quality of a public school education in America.

      There is one educational resource that legislators could actually provide to public school teachers that would enable them to improve the testing results of their students, and that is time.  Time is the one resource that elite private school teachers have in abundance compared to public school teachers, generally.

      Most parents and taxpayers don’t realize it, but teachers spend an enormous amount of time outside of the classroom grading tests/quizzes/projects and evaluating each child’s performance. Much individual instruction must also be provided after class hours. Interaction with the parents of every student is absolutely crucial and that is something that can only happen after class hours.

      When you increase the number of students a teacher is responsible for, this extra time outside the classroom is multiplied greatly, forcing teachers to spend less time on each of the students who need extra help in order to produce better test results.

      It takes time to help students who do not regularly make the honor roll. The kids who make A’s all the time are `low-maintenance’ students who require only a minimal amount of explanation in order to get good grades. The kids who are struggling are the ones who require more of a teacher’s time, and those are the kinds of students one sees more often in the poorer school districts.

      If we actually lived in a civilized country, we would reduce classroom sizes to 7-8 students per teacher, at least in those school districts that have a lot of marginal students in attendance.  Unfortunately, in the Republican Universe, the only students benefiting from small class sizes are those who need it the least: the children of affluent, highly-educated parents.

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