Will your child's class size expand this fall?

 
Millions of public school students across the nation are seeing or will see their class sizes swell because of budget cuts and teacher layoffs.

By Shelby Moore

Teacher

Shelby Moore is a kindergarten teacher at an inner-city school in Houston and was recently awarded as one of the East Region's Campus Teachers of the Year.

Millions of public school students across the nation are seeing or will see their class sizes swell because of budget cuts and teacher layoffs. Doesn't this go against having an effective education system?

I teach in a Texas public school where our class size is capped at 22. If the class size goes beyond 22, we are granted a teacher aide for a few hours each day. However, next year, due to the recession we as teachers and students won't be as fortunate. We are expected to have 25+ students in our room, no matter the grade level.

Most people would agree that a smaller class size is one of the most effective solutions to closing the achievement gap and having all students be successful.

  • So what can we do about the budget crisis we are currently in as a nation? 
  • Should our children's education have to suffer? After all, these kids are our future, and if we are doing a disservice to them now, can't we assume that it will continue and come back to haunt us sooner than later?

If your child's class size continues to rise, there are many more problems that will arise for them as well.

  • Less one-on-one time with the teacher
  • More distractions amongst students in class
  • More discipline problems
In addition to the problems it will cause on your student, how about the stress it will add to your child's teacher?
  • More papers to grade
  • More students to be accountable for
  • More parents to contact and conference with
  • Overall increased workload