Believe me I am on the side of smaller sizes, but when you do the 'research'
you will find equal amounts of 'experts' on both sides of the issue, and
that is what I meant by the comment. I just posted the articles that sided
with how I feel about the issue, I could have posted other articles (with
just as much data and passion). Also, just like the global warming studies
(again you can find passion on both sides of the issue), class size has
become politicized, and in education it means "tax payers" vs. "educators".
As long as class size, and numbers of teachers are directly tied to property
taxes (at least here in New Jersey), this issue will always be "hot button"
between Boards of Education/Administration and Educators. That is what I
meant about my comment.
From: Peggy Woolsey [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, March 18, 2007 8:32 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] class size
On 16-Mar-07, at 10:10 AM, KPRS2 wrote:
> Also, I see that the class size "controversy" parallels the "global
> controversy in that you can find studies from experts on both sides
> of the
> issue to prove their points.
> San D
I am perplexed by this comment. Your previous posting on class size
was very insightful, and , I believe, helpful to the discussion. But
the above statement concerns me.
Class size is a huge issue for teachers. My high school classes are
so unwieldy due to their size and composition that art classes become
major challenges in crowd and material control. Certainly classes in
the size range of the low 20's is great, but how common is this? In
my typical grade 10 class of 33, over one-third will be designated as
special needs. It is not unusual to have 2 or even 3 aides that also
need to be accommodated in my small room. This is the same situation
for all subject teachers in my school, except for some AP classes
that are smaller.
The reference to research on global warming is misleading. Even G.W.
Bush acknowledges the problem. The scientific community is,
currently, overwhelmingly in agreement on this one