Published On: Wed, Nov 5th, 2014

Speaker shares thoughts on school consolidation

CREIGHTON  — And now for the other side of the story. . . .
Paul Theobald, PhD, who is currently serving as dean of the School of Education at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, spoke to a large crowd in Creighton Monday evening, Nov. 3, about why large schools are not better than small schools.
Theobald spoke for about 15 minutes and then opened the meeting to questions. Brook Curtis of Plainview was moderator for the meeting.
Theobald maintains that those who favor school consolidation rest on two claims — 1) the students will get a better education, and 2) it will save money.
Theobald says neither claim is true and those benefits are perceived, not proven. He says the phrase “bigger is better” has never been proven.
On the other hand, Theobald has done research to prove his argument and pointed to a number of studies done on the subject of consolidation.

Read the entire story in the Osmond Republican or Wausa Gazette e-editions.

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