I don't side with the NZ Initiative on much, but I agree that this is a pretty crappy legacy for the Min of Ed:

@lightweight This is the same story for open software development offices, or the previous, non-empirical, initiative, cubicle farms. Noisy, distracting, environments are not good for concentration.

Most studies I have seen show a benefit to smaller class sizes. Larger classrooms are a typical capitalist approach to increasing productivity. You find an acceptable quality level that allows you to push the most product out with the minimal cost.

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