I am amazed as I read through blogs the sizes of classes throughout the country. I am amazed at the numbers people think are "too high" to deal with on a daily basis! I have only taught in CA in the same district, so I only know what CA has. In our district, we used to be capped at 20 kids in K-3 and 33 in 4-5. The upper grades were somewhere around 35 or so. Now, with the economy crapped out, we have changed the numbers a bit. In my district, K-3 can go to 24, 4-5 can be at 33 or 34 and the upper grades can be at 38. I have 21 kids, started with 22 and am OK with going to 24. I just wish they were all here now! I know in some districts, they went all the way to 33 in K-3 to save money and cut jobs. We haven't done that. Yet.
I am shocked when I see people have 15 or 16 kids. I would be in heaven. I could get so much done. I wouldn't be cramming in stuff into my day at Mach 4. Or upper grades with 25 kids. I think our teachers would move for that! I read a blog where a teacher had 21 kids and said it was too hard. This is my daily life. And I am asking for more!
I hear a lot of people putting down education in CA, but from the looks of it, we are dealing with a lot more than some other states. And I think a lot of teachers are making it work. True, there are a lot that aren't, but for those who are working their butts off, I think we are doing a pretty good job with 22, 24, 33 kids in our classes!