I recently went in to observe my fifth-grade son's class. There is 1 teacher, no teacher's aid or assistant, and 39 students. My son has a diagnosis of OCD and ADHD. My heart broke for not only the teacher but all these children who desperately need more acknowledgment from their teacher. For some kids he was calling on he did not even remember their name. Although the law "allows" this because we can cram 39 desks into one room so each student has a desk, I am shocked that our schools think this is the proper way to teach children.
I am reaching out to this community with any advice on where to go with my concerns.
I have spoken to the principal, PTA president, teacher union President, and an area administrator for the school board. Everyone wants to pass the blame and make different excuses for why this is ok. Currently, teachers are in negotiation for their contracts and it seems they cannot get a raise unless they agree to increase class size.