As a Walla Walla College education/math major, I did my student teaching at Walla Walla High School in the spring of 1984.
I remember how crowded the classrooms were at that time. While I spent most of my time in mathematics classrooms, I was also required to visit a number of other classes and classrooms as part of the experience. With all the discussion in this paper and other places about the Wa-Hi bond, I cannot help but recall one particular visit to a Spanish classroom.
I was amazed at how crowded together the desks were. There was hardly enough space to pass between them. I certainly don’t remember exact numbers, but it seems like 40 or more students were packed into a very small space.
This is educationally very unsound. With the students seated so close together it also made it very difficult not to see your neighbor’s answers in testing situations.
I encourage the citizens of Walla Walla to support the bond for the high school. It is the right thing to do. Our young people deserve better.