Letter: Crowded classrooms crush learning
Friday, September 30, 2011
My 8-year-old daughter started third grade at Sacajawea Elementary, and I was literally horrified to find out that her class size was 62 students. Although team taught by two teachers, the count is still over the maximum. Seriously, it is common sense that, as class sizes increase, the quality of education our children receive decreases. These poor kids were packed in one classroom so tightly that I believe there would be absolutely no possible way for them to escape any harm in a real emergency.
To add to the lack of space, our classroom had a nonworking, non-repairable air conditioning unit. The classroom was over 80 degrees by the end of that first day of school, and the poor children couldn’t even function. If Vancouver Public Schools can’t provide a healthy environment, and our children aren’t receiving a quality education, where are our tax dollars spent?