Class­room con­trac­tion

Santa Fe New Mexican - - OPINIONS -

At El Camino Real Acad­emy, there are five sec­tions of bilin­gual kin­der­garten classes, each with be­tween 15 and 17 stu­dents. The district will be re­as­sign­ing one teacher and re­dis­tribut­ing the stu­dents among the four re­main­ing classes. Larger classes will force teach­ers to spend more en­ergy in main­tain­ing or­der and less on giv­ing in­struc­tion. De­spite plat­i­tudes to im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion, larger classes will cer­tainly have the ef­fect of low­er­ing ed­u­ca­tional out­comes, and at the crit­i­cal stage of kin­der­garten, the ef­fect of this de­ci­sion by the district will likely fol­low th­ese stu­dents for years to come.

In a school sys­tem such as ours, cutting back in kin­der­garten will cause stu­dent un­der­per­for­mance. When we know that low test scores tell us more about poverty than stu­dent abil­ity, choos­ing to crowd class­rooms is a step to­ward deny­ing the prom­ise of ed­u­ca­tion as a means to so­cial mo­bil­ity. Sky Tall­man

Santa Fe

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