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The Teacher's AttentionThe Teacher's Attention

Why Our Kids Must and Can Get Smaller Schools and Classes

Garrett Delavan

Narrated by Tim Lundeen

Available from Audible

Book published by Temple University Press

The Teacher’s Attention is a fresh take on relationships in schools. Looking beyond our obsession with raising test scores, this book recognizes that education is a key partner in raising children. Garrett Delavan contends that allowing students, educators and parents to navigate a smaller number of relationships—a concept he calls "relationship load"—provides many benefits, including a better chance at achieving equal access to a good education for all children.

Delavan shows how class size, school size, and longer-term student-teacher relationships are all equally critical components for educating our children ethically and successfully. After examining these proposed reforms in detail, Delavan also considers counterarguments and provides a detailed projection of costs and savings, putting to rest the assumption that smaller classes and smaller schools are necessarily more expensive. Finally, the book discusses possible steps toward implementation, showing how the author's proposed reforms are remarkably practical.

Garrett Delavan is a secondary teacher in the Salt Lake City public schools.


“This is a unique book. No one has brought together this large body of literature and work on class size. The references are solid, thorough, and impressive.”

—Jerome Rabow, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, and Lecturer, California State University, Northridge

“If ever there has been a book that makes the case for smaller class sizes, this is it. It looks not only at policy issues, costs, and political strategies, but also pushes educators and parents to think about our relationships with students. Delavan, a high school teacher in Salt Lake City, argues for 'relationship load' reduction as a key feature of improving education and the lives of children.”

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