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I am appalled that so many readers do not understand the huge negative impact that a larger student to teacher ratio has on the quality of education. I'm not even a teacher and I know this much. A good public education system is the number one way to create a peaceful and prosperous society for all of us.
The person on the street may not realize the impact of class size on education, but the government supposedly requires "researched based" practices (NCLB). That is until it comes to budgets. There are so many studies and research based information that proves the positive impact of small class size. Many who are "in the know" state "In Asia, they have more children in the classes than we do in America." That may be true, but the Asian culture values teachers as well as education and parents raise their children to be respectful in school, not to sit and text, or flip the teacher birds, or curse the teacher out. I invite anyone who wants to teach, who thinks they know what it takes, to come to my classroom and take over. I will give you a week to prepare (the same that teachers get before school starts each year) as well as text books and a complete list of the state standards. So far, all I see and hear is criticism and no one rushing forward to do my job at my level of pay.