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[Susan notes: I would never consider returning to teaching high school English, for the very reasons this teacher talks about. The numbers make it impossible to do the job anywhere near right.]

Published in Los Angeles Times
03/30/2005

To the editor




To answer the question (Letters, March 27) "How much smaller can class size get?" I say, "A lot!"



As a high school government teacher, I invite her to my classroom (if she can squeeze in or find a seat). I have 40-plus students in every class. This is not because of overcrowding at our school; this is what the district norm table dictates. Eleventh- and 12th-grade social studies classes are not alone. High numbers are mandated in arts, foreign language, life skills, English as a second language, physical education, senior English, all electives and non-lab sciences, among others.



Please don't criticize teachers for speaking out about our horrible working conditions. You wouldn't attempt our job even for one day.



Just ask my students, especially the ones whose names I can't remember. They deserve better.

Jerie Morrison, teacher, Venice High School


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