Feb 2, 2009

Classrooms: size doesn't matter

Without getting into the nitty-gritty of a debate on the particulars, I think it is safe to make the following generalization:

"While our nation's elementary & secondary schools are viewed as being failures, our university system is looked upon as being successful in accomplishing its mission."

Point: Many university-level classes (especially at the undergraduate level) are large in class-size, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of students.

Question: Why, then, are we exepected to buy the "smaller class size is the key to improving our local schools" argument?

Theory: Maybe it is because 'smaller class size', by definition, requires a greater number of teachers?



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