Re "Impassioned please try to save schools" (Page A1, Jan. 18): Adhering to the mid-20th century notion that larger, centralized schools are more "efficient" than small, local schools, several local school districts are considering closing low-enrollment local community schools and busing the students to larger, centralized schools.
But are big schools really better than small ones?
It is time to reconsider the social and educational values of small, neighborhood schools, with smaller class sizes and greater opportunities and incentives for parent involvement.
As a child, and then a parent and an educator, I found that small classes in a familiar environment made learning and teaching a friendlier, more personal experience, where student, parent and teacher were better able to work as a team to promote the superior achievement of each student as an individual, with individual needs and skills.
Big schools may appear to be more economical, but are they best for our children?
-- Ann L. Fiske, Pilot Hill
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