Sunday, October 13, 2013

NYC Public School Parents: Teachers: do you agree with Malcolm Gladwell that class sizes below 25 are TOO small?

NYC Public School Parents: Teachers: do you agree with Malcolm Gladwell that class sizes below 25 are TOO small?:

Teachers: do you agree with Malcolm Gladwell that class sizes below 25 are TOO small?



On WNYC radio, Brian Lehrer is asking teachers to call in on Monday morning, and comment on Malcolm Gladwell's claim that classes shouldn't be too small  -- such as 25 students and below, since individual students are MORE likely to be able to disrupt the class and struggling students feel isolated at the bottom of the class.
You can tweet @brianlehrer, post on the comments page when the segment is on the air, or call 212-433-WNYC. 
 
The podcast/interview from last week with Gladwell is here; at 27 minutes in, he explains why he thinks classes can be too small:
“I got this idea from teachers, I spoke to countless teachers...I found it hard to find, particularly middle and high schools teachers, who thought that it was a good idea to have a class in the mid-teens….When a class gets too small it hurts the poorest students.”

I have never heard any teacher say this myself and don't know any research to back it up.  In any case, Lehrer doesn’t want to hear from me, but from teachers to express their 

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