The Debate Over Class Size: Is Smaller Better?

In July Chris Pyne, shadow spokesperson for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, kicked off a debate about class size. First in an interview on Lateline then in a column in The Australian. The ABC coverage and some words from Angelo Gavrielatos from the Australian Education Union can be found here and you can see Chris Pyne and Jane Caro go head-to-head on QandA here (the action kicks off 11 minutes in). Despite Pyne’s efforts to broaden the education policy debate to include measures such as principal autonomy and improving teacher quality this wasn’t always how his comments were reported. No doubt this debate will gain momentum in the lead-up to the next election.