Re "Role of Class Size in Success Unclear," Feb. 5:
Go ahead and debate the value of class-size reduction, but the fact remains that California's schools have the most students per teacher in the nation. I teach upper elementary school and have had 30 to 36 students every year for 25 years. It should be obvious that having fewer students results in more personal and effective teaching and learning. Instead of considering increasing class size even more, we should be asking why California won't fund and staff schools at least at the national average. After all, it's not the testing that's been improving our students' academic performance. It's the teaching.