November 21, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


Class Size Matters

One-size-fits-all school reform is all the rage.

For example, in 2002 Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment setting limits on public school class size for “core” subjects such as English and Math:

18 students pre-kindergarten through Grade 3
22 students grades 4-8
25 students grades 9-12.

Setting limits on class size is a step in the right direction, but passing sweeping laws that apply to  broad age groups and all “core” subjects indicates that the people passing the laws don’t understand how subjects are most effectively taught.  And cash-strapped school districts are becoming adept at getting round the laws.

Read more here.


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