Monday, October 26, 2015

Opinion: Smaller High Schools Can Improve Student Achievement.

In a Hechinger Report (10/23, Grauer) opinion piece, Dr. Stuart Grauer, teacher and founder of the Small Schools Coalition, advocates for smaller high schools with fewer than 400 students, but ideally fewer than 250 students. Grauer explains that the social dynamics of large high schools often distract students from learning, which is why many teachers have called for smaller schools for decades. Grauer also cites ED research that found larger high schools are more likely to have high dropout rates and violent incidents among students as further evidence that small high schools are better for students’ well being.

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