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Re: King Donald

On 2/5/2017 12:48 PM, Disaster Master wrote:
On 2/4/2017, 4:17:46 AM, Ron Hunter <rphunter@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
In my limited experience, larger classrooms generate poorer results.
Ideal class size is 12 to 15.  I have had as many as 48!  Unmanageable!

I think such a blanket statement belies erroneous thinking.

The fact is, education is not and never will be 'one size fits all'.
Different people learn differently, and 'modern' educational systems
simply cannot take this into account.

Based on my experience with the current system, and within that system, as it exists today. Different methods might require different class sizes, as colleges deliver lecture classes to 150 or more, with good effect.

Some children do better in very strict, structured irl (in real life)
scenarios, and would fail miserably in a less structured environment.
Others can be the exact opposite, with most falling somewhere in
between, possibly even varying by subject matter.

Which is where public schools most often fail. I loved doing what was called 'content mastery' where the 'class' was 1 to 6. These were students who were either slow, and needed extra attention, but could master the subject, or were behind their class because of illness, or disability. Really enjoyed matching method to each student.

What is needed, as I said, is a paradigm shift - a new way of thinking
with respect to education. Removing the federal govt from central
control, and giving it back to the States, and then the Local
communities, will allow for many thousands of experiments to take place,
quickly nailing down many different ways to successfully teach that will
far exceed the current methods.

What I would envision happening is a system for determining under what
circumstances different people thrive, and enabling each student to
engage in a custom program tailored just for them.

Some online classes for some subjects for some people could be in the
hundreds, or even thousands. Some may be limited to 5 or 10 per teacher,
and some may be much better off going to a physical location for some or
even all of their classes.

All I'm saying is, the current system has been shown to not work, and is
even damaging in many cases.

On that, we agree, completely.

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