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New Detroit education plan: 100 kids in a Kindergarten class

The ideal ratio is one teacher to ten kids. This is pretty far from that.

Combined kindergarten a big teaching experiment | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Nevaeh Dukes, 6, sat with a tiny laptop, pressing keys as colorful shapes moved across the screen.

To her left, three boys were sprawled stomach-down on a rug as they worked with a teacher. In the distance, children were working on laptops or writing on pieces of paper, some quietly sitting alone off by themselves and others squirming or even dancing in their seats. A couple of kids walked around.

“I like it a lot because it’s fun,” Nevaeh said, “and I’ve got three teachers.”

And nearly 100 classmates.