If we could revive our one-room schools, with all ages mixed together, competent teachers would not find it hard to manage schools of thirty students. The younger children would learn from those a little older, and the oldest of all, who would look like grownups to the little ones, could help take care of them. But in our giant schools of a thousand or more students, classes of thirty are indeed too big for all but a few teachers to work with. It is schools rather than classes that we need to make smaller.
Quote ID: 00860
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