The Smaller the Better

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As an elementary educator, I did not appreciate the article on the Education Watch page regarding class size ["Smaller Class Sizes May Not Help," March 24-31].

I know from firsthand experience that every extra minute of one-on-one time I can give to my struggling learners makes a big difference. With a larger class, that is more difficult to do. When I located the journal article referred to, I was relieved to find that author Spyros Konstantopoulos's research also supported what I have experienced: "All types of students benefited from being in small classes," and "studies that use high-quality experimental data have consistently demonstrated the positive effects of small classes on average student achievement for all students." Smaller class size does help and requires more resources. But more resources require more funding.

Denise Huebner


Eugene, Ore.