Why the push for smaller classes?

Monday, October 29, 2012
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

An advocate of education reform asserts that a smaller class size may just mean less work for teachers and doesn't equate to improved student performance. It does, however, create greater union profits and power.

In his Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "The imaginary teacher shortage," University of Arkansas professor Jay Greene points out that decades of hiring increases have not boosted academic outcomes.

Olson, Kyle"This strategy of just simply putting more people into the school is not working, and that's why this idea of just hiring more people or reducing class sizes and those sorts of things are not going to work -- because that's been done for the last several decades and nothing has changed," comments Kyle Olson of the Education Action Group Foundation.

He suggests the unions are the ones who benefit from hiring increases in education.

"Unions and the establishment simply [push] for fewer students in a class, because then, of course, that means that there will need to be more teachers, which means there will be more dues-payers and more people who can be mobilized to get engaged in political battles that the union is fighting," says Olson.

Instead, he concludes that the emphasis should be on the quality of teachers, not on the quantity.

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