Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures.
Schools reopening during the current coronavirus pandemic need to calculate class sizes to prevent the spread of disease and minimize disruptions.
Not all teaching spaces in universities are big enough to allow students to return to normal study as the pandemic restriction ease.
In-class and face-to-face experiences are uniquely valuable for students and should be protected at all costs. Here, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks at at Queen’s Park in Toronto on March 3, 2020.
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Forcing parents or students to opt out of mandatory e-learning will only serve to normalize Ontario's push to cut costs at the expense of what's best for young people.
Chicago’s teachers say they are seeking a better deal for their students too.
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Research suggests that kids benefit when there are fewer of them in a classroom. But quickly reducing class size can cause new problems as schools scramble to hire new teachers.
Chicago’s teachers are on strike for the first time since 2012.
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Teachers' unions often say they go on strike to improve conditions for students. A closer look at recent walkouts suggests they are also fighting for something else: membership.
More testing won’t improve math achievement. Here, Alberta premier Jason Kenney with Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education, after being sworn into office in Edmonton on April 30, 2019.
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The main problem plaguing Alberta students' math performance isn't the current math curriculum or teacher accountability, but inequality and ballooning class sizes.
The complexity of student experiences can be lost in larger groups.
Grade 4 student Charlene seemed chronically off-task -- until an educator noticed she was, in fact, the sole student pursuing the question, 'Was the oil boom bad for our wildlife?'
Teachers, students and supporters rally in front of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., in February.
Teachers' unions often claim they are striking for better schools on behalf of students. A closer look at recent strikes suggests they are fighting for something else: membership.
Secure attachments between teachers and children enhance learning opportunities.
Providing the experience of love, trust, emotional availability and connection in the classroom is particularly important for children who don't have secure relationships at home.
Smaller class sizes do not make a difference the quality of education.
Maxine McKew speaks with education expert John Hattie about the kind of debates we really should be having around education.
UKIP wants a grammar school in every town.
Our expert takes stock of UKIP's policies on early childhood, primary, secondary, further, and higher education. It's a mixed bag.
What’s the optimum size?
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Ed Miliband’s pledge that Labour, if elected, would limit school classes for five, six and seven-year-olds to 30 pupils reignites a core question about how best to spend money to improve education. In…