Before Christmas, we asked Education Lab readers to think ahead to what they’d like to see change at their school in the new year. Specifically, we asked, “If you could offer the principal of your (or your kids’) school a one-sentence suggestion to improve student performance in the next year, what would it be?”
Here are some of the responses:
Reduce class sizes so there are only 16 kids in a kindergarten class and no more than 20 in any other elementary class.
—Spencer Beard, Seattle
I would like the Marysville School District to embrace a stronger music program at every level, K-12.
—Brenda Ehrhardt, Arlington
Remove the distractions and diversions from core learning.
—Charles R. Hoff, Kent
Teachers, please try to keep the our students’ upcoming assignments and recent grades up to date online. We parents know it’s not easy, but it’s the only way we can really support you at home.
—Gordon Prinster, Seattle
To prepare college-bound students, investigate what college professors expect students entering college to know and the skills they will need, and make certain your AP teachers know those expectations as well.
—RaGena C. DeAragon, Spokane
Help create online information systems that tell parents and students what they will be doing, what they should have completed, and how well they did in a timely and understandable way.
—Vince Slupski, Seattle
Put ‘like’ students in each class because they then tend to like each other, and the teacher doesn’t have to immensely bore the more capable because he or she must teach to the lowest common denominator of capability (and sometimes that is one student).
—Richard Pelto, Kenmore
—Kristie Walker, Renton