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Mercedes Schneider reports here on the absurd class sizes assigned to teachers in Louisiana in virtual classes. The teachers are not “teachers,” they are in charge of case loads. They are using a canned curriculum called “Edgenuity,” and she says that it can easily be gamed by students to get higher marks. Education? Not really.
Unlimited enrollment is particulary obvious in the virtual high school numbers.
First-semester biology, 282 students; first-semester environmental science, 461 students– both belonging to the same teacher of record (who has an additional 91 students in two other classes).
First-semester US History, 306 students; first-semester World History, 129 students, AP US History, 48 students– all assigned to one teacher.
First-semester English I, 381 students; first-semester English I Honors, 55 students– both courses, one teacher.
First-semester Algebra I, 394 students assigned to one teacher, who also has another 125 students in 3 additional courses.
First-semester Government, 567 students. One teacher.
First-semester English II, 299 students; first-semester English II Honors, 68 students– same teacher.
Alg II, 220 students; Spanish II, 208 students; Spanish I, 193 students; Computer Science, 93 students; Pre-calculus, 81 students; Algebra III, 72 students; Algebra II Honors, 57 students; Pre-calculus Honors, 29 students; Spanish III, 3 students; Business Math, 49 students. All. Overseen. By. One. Teacher.
How thin can you spread your peanut butter and still call it a sandwich?
When a single teacher is responsible for tutoring and regularly communicating with 400, 500, 600, 700 students on a pre-fab curriculum that students are expected to primarily complete independently, you tell me how much quality education is transpiring here.