Info found: -Students will learn faster if the class sizes are smaller -The article contains arguments that class sizes can be larger if the teacher is really good: "Mr. Duncan said he would prefer to put his own school-age children in a classroom with 28 students led by a “fantastic teacher” than in one with 23 and a “mediocre” teacher." -Others argue that the argument is exaggerated: "“Maybe the national average went up one kid,” Dr. Roza said. “But I don’t think we’ve jumped to 30 kids per class.”" Why this info is useful: -There are stances from teachers - Ethos -“They say it doesn’t affect whether kids get what they need, but I completely disagree,” Ms. Maher said. “If you’ve gained five kids, that’s five more papers to grade, five more kids who need makeup work if they’re absent, five more parents to contact, five more e-mails to answer. It gets overwhelming.”
(Print source, originally from newspaper) Info found: -An experiment conducted says that increasing class sizes don't affect test scores (As contrary to another one of my articles) -Some states, like Florida, have spent millions of dollars to fund a program which caps off classroom sizes to about 20 students (dependent of grade) Why this source is useful: -This article had more counter-arguments against my stance, but it does have a few logical fallacies that I can point out. "I don't worry about going from 20 to 25 students that much, or 15 to 20," he says. "But when you go from 20 to 35 in a year or two, I don't think we don't know the effects of that." The professor goes against his own side in a way, showing that even he knows that they're a limit.
Info Found: - This article contains points from the opposing side of the argument, claiming class size had nothing to do with educational success - Technology, materials, and good educators are what matters - A difference of one student in a class can make a huge difference in a school's budget Why this source is useful: -The article contains a "middle ground" to please both sides in a way -"Increasing a class size will allow us to pay for an assistant teacher. Or that would allow us to raise teachers' salaries. Or that will allow us to get all the supplies that our kids need to be really, really engaged and productive." -They say that finding a balance between class sizes and funding is the most important thing
Info Found: - Smaller classrooms improve student performance - Smaller class sizes correlate with high graduation and college enrollment rates, lower juvenile crime, and even longer lives - The article talks about personalized learning (both public and charter schools) and how it's very effective Why This Source is Useful: - The article contains facts (Logos) with specific examples - It also contains an alternative to traditional classrooms, with small class sizes but cost efficiency (Micro-Schools)
Info found: - Facts about class sizes changing in recent years (# of students going up) - This article also contains a comment section from people (Ethos and Pathos) Why this source is useful: - The comment section gives me various points from actual students and teachers, even if they aren't "reliable sources" - I can also ask my fellow peers about their stance on the subject