“THAT’S why class sizes have ballooned to more than 45 students in secondary schools; 35 students in upper elementary grades; and 25 students in lower elementary grades.”
During my career teaching engineering at universities for a quarter of a century I’d like to chime in that at 35 junior- and senior-level students classes were maxed out in terms of effectiveness. More students assured diminishment of their experience. There is no way the numbers reported above are conducive to effective teaching/learning. At a time when underemployment is a real (although often unspoken) problem in this country, we should be throwing qualified people into the teaching profession and reduce these abhorrent student/teacher ratios. The fucking free market ideology that parasitically attacks the country must be expunged!