[Susan notes: A teacher makes a plea against increasing class size. We can hope somebody is listening. The director of the Education Department's Office of Federal and State Accountability's rationale is classic corporatise: 'It is about giving districts the flexibility in terms of staffing.']
To the editor
Re: S.C. Education Department proposes eliminating class size maximums for many grades, subjects. Only someone who's never taught in Public Schools could fail to understand the true importance and ultimate effect of class size on the education of our most precious resource, our children (do the quality and effectiveness of service received in a restaurant vary, depending on whether your waiter has 10 tables or 15?). Usually, these people who say that class size doesn't matter, are educational dilettantes on their way to somewhere else. Most have attended college, some even have an advanced degree. They might have taught at, say, West Point. There, ultra-strict behavior monitoring, discipline, very-tight course supervision, make most types of misbehavior almost impossible. Also, they might have taught at schools where behavior problems were simply passed-off to another school. More children equals more troubled students.
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