Monday, June 05, 2006

Gallagher Comments on Class Size

In Mary Ellen Klas' article, Candidates uncertain on class size, Gallagher noted that while ''everybody wants smaller class sizes,'' they're not the only path to better schools.

''I attended third grade with 60 kids in the class and one teacher,'' he said, referring to his time at St. Ann's School in Wilmington, Del., in the 1950s. ``And we all learned.''


Blogger Barbara-Rose said...

When I was in first grade, I'm told there were 60 kids in the class with one nun. It was her first year teaching. What I remember was that we all loved her.

Back in those days, if one of my older brothers came home and said that Sister had smacked him in class, he was hit again at home too. Different times.

A few years ago, I had a Language Arts class with 45 students in it. They were 8th graders squeezed into a small space. As the one responsible for their safety and for teaching them at the same time, it wasn't easy.

This last year, my largest class consisted of 30 students. It was a much more relaxed ten months. When growing children have a little more room around them, they behave better.
I'm very glad that we voted for smaller class size. Things can only get better because of it.

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