After dropping for decades, average class sizes in American schools may be growing again as schools cope with budget shortfalls.
Although some educators see the rising numbers as a worrisome trend, others see an opportunity for innovation.
“Yes, small class sizes do help, but it’s not the only way. What we need to focus on is how schools are becoming more flexible to meet the different needs of kids,” said Thomas Starratt, the principal of Boynton Middle School in New Ipswich, N.H., where the average class size at the school has crept up from 18 to 22 since the recent economic recession took its toll.
Multi-grade Teacher Training Initiative in Africa
"Multi-grade education - a method where a teacher instructs pupils of different ages in one classroom - is a reality in most African countries. But the quality of education has been poor because teachers’ vocational training is only focused on single grade instruction.
An Africa-wide initiative that encourages governments to make multi-grade education national policy, backed by sufficient educational budgets, adjusted curricula and teacher training, now wants to change this.”