As Pennsylvania students prepare to get back to the classroom, school districts across the commonwealth are facing a teacher shortage.

Pennsylvania will need thousands of new teachers by 2025, according to the state Department of Education, but fewer college students are entering the field and more teachers are leaving the profession.

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Other than higher level specific electives I taught that had small numbers, I never had a class that only had that small number of students. How about putting 50 students in a class. . . . do you think that would be even better? Those who have taught know that there is a price to be paid for increasing class size.

As a boomer I went from First to twelfth grade with over 40 per class with no problems and no social promotion. My graduation class (Central Catholic) in 65 had 450 in 12 rooms. My siblings in Penn Hill had graduation class of 1200 so they also had large class sizes. My aunt, a nun> routinely has first grade classes of 40. So what is you problem with larger class sizes. We didn't have unions then but we had excellent teachers.


If all things were the same today as they were in the 1950s and 1960s, then your argument might make some sense. But they are not. I believe there is an article in today's paper that addresses the reasons that fewer people are entering the field of education.

Teacher salaries were lower back then,but there was school and home discipline both of which are non existent today, There was also a real fear of failure which pushed us to actually do home work. Discipline actually works- schools should try it again. Full out of school suspensions and after three they are out. Let the parents deal with their problem children.

This problem can be resolved by simply increasing class sizes. Go from 10-15 students per class to say 30. That results in fewer teachers needed and at the same time lowers school taxes.

These photos are from the height of COVID, when many students were schooling at home. That particular class from Fort Cherry, for example, was about a third of the students who were actually being taught at that moment, with the rest participating via zoom. Class sizes aren't that small anymore. Trust me, increasing class sizes would only have the opposite effect.

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