In light of the on-going discussions about the teachers' contract, a request was made for a thread on class size.
A couple of questions:
- my experience, from this blog and time with children in school, is that class size matters. I tell every politician that crosses my path that it matters to parents (no matter what Bill Gates or the research says). I don't think there is anything selfish in that belief but anyone who parents realizes how difficult it is with 1,2,3, kids in your own home - how do teachers do it?
- Would you be okay with a larger class size if there was an aide in the classroom for extra helping during reading/math instruction? It would still be a cost but less than having a full-time aide in every class. (I note that a couple of the dual language schools, in asking for money for the IAs, touting the additional benefits of another adult in the classroom.)
- Do you support the union view that if you give teachers over the maximum (in exchange for more dollars for the teachers) that's okay? Should the line be drawn and that's it?