I haven’t heard student/teacher ratios framed as a solution to unemployment before, but I like it. I’m not sure what people think is more important to the growth and development of the human race (and thus a better focus of resources) than passing knowledge forward.
In the field I work in, Early Childhood, the “Professional Development Specialist” (re-branded from “Trainer,” quite appropriately) is a growth industry. Non-credit bearing and credit bearing, work-oriented, ongoing education. furthermore the model gaining the most respect and traction is in coaching/consulting, which is extremely low ratio, but each coach jas several student/clients at any given time.
So much of education is more appropriate as a mixed teaching/apprenticeship model that fosters question asking, exploration, reflection and experimentation. this is true from cradle to grave, though only respected by funders and legislators before kindergarten and only then because of helath amd safety regilations. I wonder if we’ll see a ballooning of ratios the more publicly finded pre-k amd 3yo service expands and the “taxpayer” weighs in.
Of course low ratios are touted - in the sales materials of elite private schools. the wealthy know intuitively that low ratios are great for their children, but oops, for public school kids, sorry, show me the studies. sorry more studies. hmmm, gonna need one mo…YOU’RE DEFUNDED