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Mathematical models can help figure out class sizes and configurations to minimize disruptions and school closures. (Shutterstock)

Large class sizes during the coronavirus pandemic are a triple whammy

Schools reopening during the current coronavirus pandemic need to calculate class sizes to prevent the spread of disease and minimize disruptions.
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. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Mandatory e-learning is a problem in Ontario high schools

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.
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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Why Jason Kenney’s ‘common sense’ education platform gets it wrong

The main problem plaguing Alberta students' math performance isn't the current math curriculum or teacher accountability, but inequality and ballooning class sizes.
Teachers, students and supporters rally in front of City Hall in Oakland, Calif., in February. Jeff Chiu/AP

Teacher unions say they’re fighting for students and schools – what they really want is more members

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.
What’s the optimum size? Primary school via Air Images/Shutterstock

Is it really worth investing in smaller primary school classes?

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…

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