Jeremy W. wrote: --Snipped -- >Out of curiosity, what is the ideal class size in other countries? Isn't >the class size in the US between 10 and 15? I might be wrong, though...
With special funding our first grade classrooms will have 20 students per classroom, the rest of the grades have between 27 and 32 students per classroom. (This includes kindergarten, where I had two sections of 32 students for two years.)
--snipped -- >But the bottom line is that I think the summer >breaks can be shortened by at least a month. I'm not suggesting year-round >schooling, but the break is just too long.
I agree, it is high time we begin to schedule schooling with respect for what would be most effective for learning, rather than what is most economically lucrative for the vacation industry. (The state of Minnesota prohibits the starting of school before Labor Day because of the economic cost to the tourist industry when school begins before Labor Day.)