September 18, 2003
Smaller schools

Here's an article about how the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is helping schools in the USA to get smaller:

National data on small schools shows that they tend to be quieter and safer, with fewer dropouts and higher graduation rates. This trend held true last year in poor areas of the Bronx, where ordinary high schools, some with enrollments of 3,000 or more, had lower success rates on state exams – and drastically higher dropout rates – than the New Visions schools, which have enrollments ranging from roughly 75 to 150 students.

In Britain smaller schools might be better, if only to stop this, also mentioned yesterday.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 01:01 PM
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