Some academics argue that reducing class size won’t solve underlying problems in the education system. They claim student success has more to do with a teacher’s approach. Class size remains at the top of the list for others, who say smaller groups of students get more individual attention from their teachers and obtain a better education as a result.
Do you remember how many kids were in your classes? Did that make a difference for you? Is class size something you consider when choosing a school for your child? Why or why not?
- Lynne Shlom Ferguson: Regional administrator for Portland Public Schools
- Beverly Coursey: Principal of Nathan Clifford Elementary School in Portland, Maine
- Evangeline Ahmen: Science teacher at A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama
- Leonie Haimson: Executive director of Class Size Matters
- Amber Winkler: Research director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute