The ideal class size

May 28th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

A very funny video on what is the ideal .

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8 Responses to “The ideal class size”

  1. fragbait (13 comments) says:

    The only attentive kid is a ginga.

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  2. Mark (1,493 comments) says:

    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.

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  3. berend (1,716 comments) says:

    When a small bunch of bureaucrats centrally plan almost every school in NZ under Labour, teachers are happy. When National does the same, they protest.

    But why oh why does National believe centrally planning of schools is fine? That’s a socialist concept. Ah……

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  4. edd (157 comments) says:

    I wish I went to that school. My school sucked. Not one child was sacrificed…. Ever.

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  5. RRM (10,026 comments) says:

    Humour can be a great way of diminishing real issues through ridicule.

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  6. kiwigunner (230 comments) says:

    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).

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  7. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    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.

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  8. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    Berend said: But why oh why does National believe centrally planning of schools is fine? That’s a socialist concept. Ah……

    Apple Corp is an example of extremely centralised planning, and it seems to do OK.

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