Success for the young
The debate on classroom sizes has come to my attention. Several studies show that students in smaller classes have improved results on performance and learning. Personally, I’ve experienced classes with small and large classrooms. I’ve found that smaller classrooms are better than large classrooms. Large classrooms always have interruptions such as: peers coming to class late, peers leaving the classroom to go to the bathroom, peers talking, or overcrowded and peers not being able to find a seat. Like most students I felt intimidated to ask the teacher questions due to the embarrassment amongst a large class. Unlike with smaller classes, I was engaged to classroom discussions and raised my hand more when I was uncertain.
According to class size matters studies from Tennessee, Wisconsin among other places small classes in Kindergarten through third grade did better in all areas. Their scores were higher, had better grades, and improved attendance.
Having young children have smaller classrooms last throughout their education field increases their learning ability. By eighth grade the students that experienced small classrooms were almost a full year ahead of their peers with large classroom experience.
National survey of educators determined small class sizes have improved the method of quality teaching. In 2008 survey concluded that a total of 97% of teachers thought that decreased sizes of classrooms would be an effective method for both students and teachers (class size matters).
Eric Digests recognizes the strengths of student relationships in small school students. They have a slimmer chance to develop discipline problems for teachers and peers. Typically parents and school staffs have a better relationship and a better chance to know each other in a smaller school. This creates teachers to be more knowledgeable about their students, their talent, and each child’s individual needs. Therefore this helps recognize any problems that could occur before they happen. Providing an advantage for safety for the children and the staff.
Common since tells you that smaller classroom creates more one on one time with each child. This could create an obvious downfall for some students. They may feel that they don’t have any privacy, but parents need to be engaged in their children’s life by knowing in home and school life. This could protect the children from sex and drug use. This also creates a problem for the child’s privacy about any learning disability. Some children may skip class or receive a bad grade and the teacher may tell the parent before the child gets a chance to.
Results have shown that for students that attended four years of small classrooms in kindergarten through third grade resulted in an 11.5% of graduated students. The study also showed a relevantly strong relation between math and reading achievements in K-3 and graduation from high school.
Students that attended smaller classes have achieved improvement in all acedemic areas rather than the large classes as shown in Table 1 . These students were rated with more effort in classrooms and taking a greater initiative with learning activities and less disruptiveness than peers who had been in larger classes.
Having additional classrooms built for smaller classes could be a multi-billion-dollar proposition, and not to mention the cost of additional teachers needed. California enacted class-size-reduction incentives in 1996, the state spent almost one billion dollars a year on the program. Incentives do not cover the entire cost of smaller classrooms (Kennedy). Some school districts may not have the resources or the money to provide for the classroom.
This debate really comes down to money and student privacy issues. Considering the world has money but wont give it to schools, we spend it on unnecessary items. We spend more money on entertainment and pointless items. How about we put more money into our local schools for the improvement on education. Having smaller classrooms, more classrooms, and hiring more teachers? After all education is the way for success. If our younger generation can begin their lives with smaller classes that can give them more one on one time with their education. Then we will have more educated people with successful lives.
My questions for my viewers is “Should we have small or large classrooms, does it matter to you, and what kind of experiences have you had in small and large classrooms?”