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November 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Let teachers reform the classroom

Reducing class size will lead to large improvements

I’m really getting frustrated and angry with all the so-called educational “reformers,” like Kevin Welner [“Challenging students to succeed,” Opinion, Oct. 28].

As a retired public school teacher who taught for 34 years, I can tell you that Kevin’s opinion on how to improve student learning is flat out wrong. It’s interesting that reformers nowadays are usually people who have never taught in a public school.

The bottom line is that any improvement in student learning needs to be accompanied by a drastic reduction in class size. This variable seems to be left out of most reformers’ improvement plans. The other improvement is rather simple. Let the classroom teacher make professional decisions about how to teach and manage the class. He or she knows the students best.

Teachers today are fed up with someone outside of their school telling them what to do, knowing that it won’t work for their students.

Roger Wong, Renton

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