Smaller classes matter

July 21, 2009 

Regarding your June 30 editorial "Crunch time," as a school counselor for 25 years I know that class size does make a real difference. Each student added to a classroom subtracts time that the teacher spends with other students. Adding two students to a class reduces time spent with other students by almost 10 percent.

If you also reduce teacher assistants, you are again reducing the amount of time a teacher spends with students. Adding students and eliminating teacher assistants is a prescription for reduced learning in every classroom.

If it is absolutely necessary, add one student to each class in grades five through 12. The addition of students to classrooms will subtract learning from our educational system. That combination of addition and subtraction is an equation that must be avoided at all costs.

Marvin Woll

Raleigh

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