Stephen D. Lalonde

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ONE MISSING ELEMENT

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

   One primary element that is missing in the rush to the pseudo-reform in public education is common sense. This is clear in some of the unnecessary "research" and ludicrous assumptions. There is much in genuine educational reform that is properly based in good research and logical approaches to new methodologies.

   It is a waste of money to do research to determine if water is wet. Common sense should tell you there is no need to do research to determine if smaller class size contributes to increased learning for individual students. It does. That is why tutoring is generally done one-on-one or in very small groups. Those who suggest otherwise are being nothing less than dishonest.

   When it comes to class size, the question should be, "what is the smallest class-size we can afford?" That question brings into consideration the value placed on the lives of our children. The media and societal frenzy that drives educational pseudo-reform as well as genuine reform would suggest that we place a very high value on our children and their education, which then leads us to the question, “If we truly value the education of our children, why isn’t it a greater fiscal priority than it has been?”

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