Donaldson, who holds three degrees from Harvard University, said the greatest impact on educational attainment comes from the classroom itself and it is the classroom, not consolidation, where the emphasis should be placed.
“Teachers are our most precious educational resource next to students,” said Donaldson. “Teachers make the biggest difference in how much and how well kids learn. Smaller schools are more successful with difficult-to-teach kids and with social and citizenship development. Bigger schools aren’t as good at those things. The school’s leadership can make a difference, and the most powerful differences between schools are the school’s ability to challenge and support teachers’ ability to constantly improve. Bottom line: Schools, if poorly led and supported, can be obstacles to superb teaching and learning. It doesn’t automatically assure a school of raising achievement levels if they’re well led, because in the end, it’s the quality of the teachers that makes the difference.”
Read the full article by Will Tuell here: Tuell: UMaine Prof Says School Reorganization Law Proving More Negative Than Positive