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By Trying to Reduce Class Sizes, We're Solving the Wrong Problem

Sam Chaltain | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Are smaller class sizes the key to breathing new life into today's public schools, or a misguided effort to solve the problems of a dying era? I am surprised to say I have come to believe it's the latter.

7 Shocking Lessons You'll Learn From Malcolm Gladwell's Newest Book

Alex Banayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Alex Banayan

Bestselling author Malcom Gladwell's newest book, David and Goliath, takes us on a journey from the battlefield to the classroom, to shatter our perception of adversity and being the underdog.

Are Smaller College Calculus Classes Really Better?

Frank Morgan | Posted 10.26.2013 | College
Frank Morgan

An unpublished study from the late 1990s showed that calculus students in classes of about 35 do no better than students in classes of 90 and larger. There was no statistical difference in the amount learned or in the drop-out rate.

A Little Investment for a Big Future

Amy Weisberg, M.Ed. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Amy Weisberg, M.Ed.

If we want to make serious, positive changes in education and have the biggest impact on our future and the future of our children, we must demand lower class sizes.

Joy Resmovits

The Good News About Teacher Layoffs

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.14.2013 | Los Angeles

After years of threatening to lay off tens of thousands of teachers due to budget shortfalls, California has some relatively good news: less than one-...

Chicago Public Schools Thinks 40 Students in a Class Is OK

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Illinois State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch wants to repeal class size limits for special education students. This policy change runs counter to the prevailing research that shows class size truly does matter.

Joy Resmovits

Arne Duncan On Sequestration: 'There Is No Fix'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While sequestration is not a sure thing yet, school districts are already asking for help dealing with the massive, imminent cuts, U.S. ...

Nevada Public Schools Chief Takes Issue With Automatic Teacher Raises

Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

Speaking to the Nevada Association of School Boards on Friday, Superintendent of Public Schools James Guthrie argued against automatic raises for teac...

Joy Resmovits

Mitt Romney: "I Love Teachers" But The Fed Doesn't Hire Them

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.23.2012 | Education

Much to the chagrin of moderator Bob Schieffer, Monday night's presidential debate on foreign policy took a decidedly domestic turn. During a conv...

Popping Pills No Solution for Bad Schools

Allen Frances | Posted 12.15.2012 | Education
Allen Frances

The solution to bad schools is to work toward better schools -- not to medicate the kids victimized by them. How absurd to avoid the shortcomings of our educational system by focusing on the difficulties individual children have in coping with them.

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

New York Public School Class Size 'Absurd,' Union Leader Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 09.26.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- Nearly half of New York City’s public schools have classrooms that are more crowded than the teachers' union contract allows -- a “ver...

The Best Choice for Public Education in 2012

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

While Romney gets his ideas from the past, President Obama looks to the future, with a vision for transforming our public schools so they serve the needs of students in the 21st century.

The Reality and the Hype Behind Online Learning and the 'School of One'

Leonie Haimson | Posted 11.07.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

The School of One is an online, or "blended," learning math program, combining online with small group instruction.

Joy Resmovits

Romney, Ryan Differ On Key Education Elements

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.23.2012 | Education

In roundtables with teachers and visits to classrooms, President Barack Obama is continuing to attack the GOP ticket on education this week, from Mitt...

Joy Resmovits

Class Sizes Rise As 300,000 Fired Educators Won't Be Going Back To School

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.19.2012 | Education

Hundreds of thousands of teachers have lost their jobs in recent years. And as U.S. students go back to school amid a presidential campaign with clash...

Joy Resmovits

Bigger Classes Preferred Over Randomly Chosen Teachers, Survey Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.02.2012 | Education

As school districts suffer from increasing costs and not enough cash, only 11 percent of Americans are willing to pay more in taxes to fund communitie...

Joy Resmovits

Duncan: Looming Cuts 'Playing Chicken With The Lives Of The American People'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

Schools, HIV testing, childcare and unemployment programs are all "under threat" as across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to st...

School Models Show How To Increase Teacher Pay Within Current Budget

Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

As part of its “Opportunity Culture” initiative to help close achievement gaps and meet rising global education standards, Public Impact used fina...

Lucia Graves

‘What Does This Kind Of Negligence Do To Our Students?’

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.24.2012 | Education

Leila Chakravarty, a seventh-grade math teacher in the Los Angeles public school system, measures the cost of austerity cuts to education not in gym s...

For 5th Year In A Row, Parents Indicate Desire For Smaller Class Size, Survey Says

Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

The New York City Department of Education recently released the results of its annual Learning Environment Survey, with “smaller class size” once ...

Joy Resmovits

A Thousand Cuts: Larger Classes Hit Young Children Especially Hard

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.17.2012 | Education

This article is part of a Huffington Post series on the global impact of austerity -- "A Thousand Cuts" -- from affordable housing funds lost in San F...

America's Short School Year Correlated With Weak Academic Performance

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Howard Steven Friedman

Forgetting curves demonstrate that memory retention declines exponentially over time, so the long American summer vacation takes a major toll on a student's ability to progress.

Students for Education Reform

Forrest Richardson | Posted 08.29.2012 | College
Forrest Richardson

Our education system needs to adapt if America is to remain strong, but steps required to keep America globally competitive are not being taken.

Schools Should Rethink Bigger Classes In Early Grades: Study

Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.15.2012 | Education

Small class sizes are crucial for learning at the younger grades, but may be less important as children mature, according to a new study. The repo...

Will Our Federal Government Renounce Their Proposal to Increase Class Size?

Leonie Haimson | Posted 08.11.2012 | Education
Leonie Haimson

Not only is class size reduction one of the top priorities of parents and educators as shown in numerous surveys and polls, it is one of only a handful of reforms that have been proven to work through "rigorous evidence."