It was interesting to note in Audrey Young’s article in the Herald that Parata is having a rethink on class sizes given the impact on intermediate schools. Some ministry official is going to cop the responsibility for poor advice. Was Parata not bright enough to see that larger class sizes was going to be a hard sell given it’s dumb policy.
The ideal class size is the smallest number you can make it but not less than 12 – you need at least that number to have the necessary interaction and discussion. It is not 27.5 and above (unless you want desks in rows/rote learning/corporal punishment).
Ha ha. Love it. Especially the birth, the evolution of a new religion, and the calm that dsescended just as the school inspector arrived.
Humour aside, the best way to reduce class sizes is to pander to all sorts of interest groups by providing special categories of teaching staff, thereby lowering the overall ratio but have nil impact on 99% of class sizes. It was done by the red team in the 80’s, the blue team in the 90’s and again the red team in the 00’s. There’s an easy solution: Focus on excellence core subjects and leave the likes basket weaving and interpretive dance to post-secondary elective study.