Friday, December 21, 2012
Size does matter
Size does matter.
Our state’s voters amended our constitution to require that our public schools attend to the needs of their students that finally changed the education funding calculus towards teachers that virtually said, “Stack them deep and pay them cheap.”
The extended recession that has gripped our nation cannot be an excuse, however, for abandoning the will of our state’s voters. The actual benefits of smaller class sizes has been confirmed by a Princeton study that would make us pennywise to the relative low cost of teaching smaller classes where students receive more differentiated and individualized instruction.
We cannot pretend, either, that smaller class sizes and targeted instruction have no factor in drawing students from overcrowded public schools. Even homeschoolers enjoy the greater benefits of an education that is less of a cattle call.
John Louis Meeks, Jr.