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.
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
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.