ProfessorBainbridge blogged Here in California the teacher's unions and the educational establishment want to spend billions more to cut class sizes. Teachers unions love this sort of thing, because it means more teachers and, thus, more union dues. But is it a good deal for taxpayers? Lance Izumi and Rachel Chaney of PRI say no:
A state-sponsored consortium of top research organizations analyzed the [existing classroom size reduction (CSR)] program and found no association between the total number of years a student had been in reduced size classes and differences in academic achievement. Further, there's no evidence that CSR helps at upper grade levels.They argue:
Good teachers are an essential element of good education. With a smart and effective teacher, students will learn regardless of class size. With an ignorant or incompetent teacher, students won't learn even if there are only five in a classroom. Teachers can't teach what they themselves don't know. Rather than class-size reduction, Californians should focus on how we educate and produce our teachers.Of course, that would mean accountability and standards, which is the last thing the teachers unions want.
ROFL. Actually they fight any effort that would delivery accountability OR standards, particularly accountability.And, of course, in my capacity as a fellow educator, I can't blame them,
After reading Professor Brainbridge frequently, I assure you he would have no problems with any accountability standards that might be imposed.but as a taxpayer whose day job is educating the product of California K-12 schools, ....
Amen to that, Professor. I suspect it might be nice to get a class of students that can really read, write, and think for themselves.