In a recent Teacher Leaders Network column, Bill Ferriter writes that, despite their appeal, class-size reduction efforts aren't always in the best interests of students or the teaching profession. He says that, if not accompanied by larger reform initiatives, they can exacerbate teacher-supply and facilities problems and place more students in classes with underprepared educators. "Class-size reductions are ... political smokescreens," he writes, "allowing decision-makers to ignore the more costly and complex task of attracting, developing, and retaining highly accomplished teachers for America's classrooms."
What's your view? Are class-size reduction efforts ultimately helpful or harmful? What's been your experience?