Education

No Common Denominator

By Amanda Jones — January 03, 2008 1 min read

Edwize blogger Maisie is a bit confused. She thought that class size reduction actually meant reducing the number of kids in the classroom. Luckily, the New York City Department of Education set her straight:

Based on the class size data that the Department of Education released last week, they’ve been thinking a tad more incrementally. Like, this year average K-3 classes were reduced by about two-tenths of a child. Grades 4-5 are down six-tenths of a child; middle schools are down seven-tenths of one kid.

For Maisie, these statistics are more than just numbers:

It’s not human to teach or learn in classrooms this large packed with young and often very needy students. Not human at all.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.