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On the Web: Reaction to Class Size Debate

Joanne Jacobs: Hiring (and supporting) better teachers is more important than keeping classes small, argues Jay Mathews on his Washington Post blog...High-quality schools in low-income neighborhoods typically focus on improving instruction, not on offering small classes. Classes small enough to make a difference are too expensive.

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Going to the Mat: Joanne Jacobs riffs on a Jay Mathews column...Quite some time ago, I made the argument that smaller class sizes actually defeats the purpose of having the highest quality teachers and paying them a salary they are worth.

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AssortedStuff: As I’ve mentioned before in this space, next year’s budget here in the overly-large school district stinks.

One of the primary ways the superintendent plans to close the big deficit is to raise class sizes, possibly by as many as two students.

But in his Class Struggle column this week, Jay Mathews plays let’s pretend and wants us to imagine that our system gets a big pot full of money that fixes everything.

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The Daily Grind: At times, Mathews gets it wrong and infuriates me with his outsider viewpoints. But then he follows with insights that perhaps only an outsider can get away with saying.

Continue reading this post on ahighcall.blogspot.com.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 4, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
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Here's a thought. I already have 30 students in a chemistry lab that is designed for 28, and they plan on adding more. I don't have enough lab tables as it is so I have two desks and chairs adding to a crowded lecture space. How is class size not affecting my teaching my content safely and allowing student to get the hands on science experience we all want them to have??

Foreign language teachers in our school already have classrooms crowded with up to 35 students, should we add "bunk bed" style desks and chairs to fit them all in??

Posted by: annwhite1 | March 4, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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