Are your local schools too big to teach?

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    But just how large a school is too large? University of Michigan education researcher Valerie Lee set out to find the answer. She divided a national sample of about 800 public and private high schools into categories by size, and measured the learning of close to 10,000 students during four years of high school. Lee reported in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis that regardless of the schools' resources or students' backgrounds, they learned the most at schools of 600 to 900 students. "The category '600 to 900' was where students learn the most," says Lee. "When schools got smaller than that, learning was less, and when schools got larger than that, learning was less and continued to be less as they got larger and larger."









    Lee also was interested in how school size affects different students. "The category '600 to 900' really popped out as the ideal category, regardless of the social composition of the high school, regardless of the kinds of students who went there." But she did find that "school size makes more difference for the learning of disadvantaged students, than it does for more advantaged students. For schools that enrolled mostly affluent and white students, school size still followed the same pattern, still peaked in schools of 600 to 900, but the differences in learning were considerably less."
     
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    To teach them like we used to ( back when schools were smaller) it would cost money so the cons fight it at every turn.

    Money is far more important to them than educated kids.
     
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    How much would it cost for smaller schools?
     
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    Do you post Drunk?

    Right, is that why Liberals are against School Vouchers?
     
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    Does it matter?

    Its worht the investment and will pay dividends for generations to come.
     
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    school vouchers will do nothing to teach our kids
     
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    one assumes that there were 10,000 in your graduating class.

    it shows.
     
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    George Bush graduated from Phillips Academy Andover when the enrollment was 600-900 students.

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    I guess you would need some number cruncher with many of data available to them to come up with a valid estimate. But I think Truthmatters makes a reasonable assumption. Its reasonable to assume that as the size of the school increases the cost per student decreases, kind of along the line of the concept of economies of scale.

    However, I think the diagnosis of the problem is completely worng. In my opinion, the greatest factors in a kid performing poorly in school are 1. complete apathy on the part of the student and 2. complete apathy on the part of the parent. Regardless of school size, resources are available for most every kid in almost every school system to succeed; however, the will to succeed is not so much.
     
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    bingo! :clap2:
     

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