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No, Public Schools Are Not
‘Jammed’ with Students

National Review, by Jason Richwine

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Posted By:Judy W., 1/8/2014 7:47:06 AM

It’s remarkable how often the conventional wisdom conflicts with data and evidence. A recent article in the New York Times illustrates the case of public-school class sizes. It describes schools as “jammed” because of an up-tick in student-teacher ratios coming out of the recession. It’s the type of story that fits comfortably within the (erroneous) conventional wisdom about underfunded schools. How about some long-run perspective? Student-teacher ratios — not the same thing as class size, but a similar concept that’s easier to measure — have dropped substantially in the last 50 years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. There

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: john56, 1/8/2014 9:58:29 AM     (No. 9684062)

Or, perhaps classes are "jammed" because (at least at my wife´s public school, in core courses), there are TWO teachers in every room. One to teach the class and another to handle the many "special education" students.

Or the phlanx of administrators and central office personnel. What used to be done by a principal and a couple assistants now need a dozen administrators, all with aides.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: joew9, 1/8/2014 10:15:02 AM     (No. 9684099)

Another ratio is the Teacher to Education system bureaucrat. In about 1950 there were two teachers to every school system non teacher. Today the ratio has flipped. And it is only getting worse.

During the Clinton Gore campaigns they created silly stories about schools needing repair. And some of them did. But we saw most of those cases were where the schools needed a new roof but their local education department had just built a huge fancy new building for the bureaucrats with money that had been intended for schools. The liberals will always misappropriate funds and then lie about not having enough.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: kate318, 1/8/2014 11:28:03 AM     (No. 9684245)

I was in third grade in 1962 in the largest Catholic grade school in my state. We had 66 students in my class, and our classroom was one of four third-grade classrooms. The teacher, the principal and the janitor (that´s all who were available back then) kept bringing more and more desks into the classroom on the first day of school. We had absolute discipline and received a top-notch education. I can still diagram a mean sentence. ;)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bugger, 1/8/2014 1:02:31 PM     (No. 9684413)

I´m surprised that the public schools are not empty. I would not put a kid in public school and if I did I would end up in jail.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Caveman, 1/8/2014 2:40:23 PM     (No. 9684581)

Our local school average class size k-12 is 18 students. The teachers are VERY overworked. Just ask them.

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