John King and Michelle Rhee discuss Gov. Mitt Romney's comment that smaller classes don't necessarily mean better learning.
If you are going to debate educational practices, why in the world would you pick Michelle Rhee to appear? She did such a wonderful job in Washington that she was practically chased out of town. Pick someone that is actually respected by the people who actually know what the problems are, the teachers. Despite what many think, education can't be run like a business in the public school system. In our area, charters draw the students, then as soon as the "official" body count is taken in the fall (the one that determines the money for students), they are "withdrawn", usually because the charter "just can't help them" for whatever reason. Then the student reappears at the public school, which now has NO choice about taking this kid back, but now does not receive ANY money for this student all year. The money is kept by the charter school. Anyone that thinks there isn't something wrong with this must be making money from it, because there is no logic to it at all.
I agree. Smaller classrooms are not the key. Quality teachers are key. A larger classroom with a great teacher would be preferred.
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