When lawmakers in Raleigh like Chad Barefoot and Phil Berger tell you that the class size mandate is a good thing and has already been funded, then please realize that they are lying.
Straight through their teeth.
With a smile.
Interestingly enough, what this unfunded mandate will do to elementary schools will be felt for years if not fixed. There is not enough classroom space in most schools to allow for this. That immediately puts “specials” such as art and physical education on the chopping blocks for school year 2018-2019.
And it will affect all other grades.
Because it is an unfunded mandate, all other grades will be crowded. Class sizes in middle school will grow. Same in high schools.
That whole idea of actual “personalized learning” as Mark Johnson wants you to believe it really is will actually not be able to exist. More students per teacher creates fewer opportunities to target each student adequately. It will create a market for more online instruction (which is what Johnson seems to really want).
But the idea that “specials” might be first to go is disheartening, especially since my oldest child is an artist.
And a good one at that.
She took this picture of me in my classroom.
Then she created this in a couple of days with pencil and paper.
Just one of many portraits she has done.
And that love of creativity was fostered in art classes throughout her elementary and middle school years. She says that it helps her conceptualize other curricula. It certainly has helped her find a niche in a big school, one where I teach and see how art, drama, and other artistic endeavors by students have enriched our campus.
Just take a look at the literary magazine.
You will see my daughter’s work in there. One of an incredible amount of selections by a myriad of students from a fantastic art department.
On January 6th at Halifax Mall in Raleigh from 1-3, there will be a rally to stop #ClassSizeChaos.
Hope to see you there.