Wednesday, October 15, 2008

281 Referendum YES281 : Class Size Matters

For a moment, envision yourself as a teacher in a class with thirty 7 year olds. Think of the Sunday school class you taught, your kids parties, your grand children... Would it be challenging to maintain control and teach them?

Now, imagine 2 of these children have special needs ranging from autism to ADHD, and you have only a part time Educational Assistant. Now, throw in a couple of kids with home generated behavior issues. How would you do it?

This is why low ratios and adequate staffing do matter, and this is roughly the current reality in my second grade daughters class. The teacher is a saint as far as I'm concerned and we need to support her by voting yes on option 1 & 2.

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