How about this recent Sun-Times article…
If you’re looking for a high-scoring Chicago public school, be prepared to accept larger class sizes in the early grades, just when some experts say smaller classes count the most.
If an educator can transmit an idea to a child, then they can transmit that same idea to more children in the same space. The “class-size” myth was obvious nonsense to anyone with a lick of common sense.
Give me a decent teacher and a decent curricullum, and a class of up to 40 kids, and they can outperform a couple of ideological edu-drones with today’s awful curricullum with 2 classes of 20.
I mean really, does this even require a debate?
In 2004-2005, Edgebrook’s sole first-grade room held a whopping 40 students. That year, the school posted the highest test score among the city’s neighborhood schools, yet it had the largest primary class sizes in the six-county area. At least two of its tested grades that year — third and eighth — held 30 or more students.
“Holy mackerel,” said Edgebrook Principal Jan Kepka. “I knew [class sizes] were big, but I didn’t realize they were the biggest.”
Driving down class sizes across the country has been a huge failure. It has produced no net gains in achievement at an obscene cost. But like I keep trying to tell you – that is the goal of the education bureaucracy.
If education of our children were the goal, and money were the answer, this would be the best educated nation in the free world. It is actually darn near the worst. That can only happen by design.