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Can you imagine sitting in a classroom of fifty plus students with one teacher and trying to get one on one help? Elementary, middle, and high schools increasing class sizes are absolutely ludicrous. Education is something I thought our country valued; however, increasing class sizes is saying otherwise. Many studies have shown that large class sizes decrease student attendance; lessen student-teacher interaction, and lower standards for classroom etiquette. These students are also not reaching their potential for achievement.

Education is the most important platform in America. It should be taken very seriously. Decreasing the class size is going to increase student attendance. It may not be as prevalent in elementary and middle schools, but high school students will feel more inclined to attend class if they think they will be noticed. In high school, sometimes teachers don’t learn your name for a while, even in an average sized classroom.  In a highly populated classroom, teachers will have a difficult time getting to know their students on a personal basis.  According to, Class Size Matters, studies done in Tennessee, Wisconsin, and elsewhere prove that smaller class sizes in grades K-3rd exhibited improved attendance.  Smaller classroom sizes are very important when it comes to student’s class involvement.

I believe decreased classroom sizes will raise the standards for classroom etiquette. We all know middle school can be a rowdy and rambunctious time for students in a normal classroom setting. Can you imagine an oversized middle school classroom? It seems as though it could become wild and out of control. According to Ivor Pritchard’s article Reducing Class Sizes, What Do We Know? students in larger classes are more likely to misbehave than students who are in smaller classes. In middle school classrooms, there are always students trying to get away with mischief. If there are additional students in the classroom, students will probably think they can get away with things easier and have less accountability. This seems to me a recipe for disaster, and a big distraction to the teacher and students.

When teachers get to know their students on a personal level, it has nothing but positive effects on the students. When students know that a teacher cares about them, it goes a long way. Students will have more positive attitudes, attend class more frequently and strive to do their best when they are working for someone who they believe cares for them. In some cases there are students who do not get enough attention at home and count on the personal interaction they receive when they get to school. For example, students may not receive a daily hug or a daily “have a good day” when they leave in the afternoon with larger classroom sizes.. Ivor Pritchard’s article also states that it is important to have smaller class sizes in the primary grades, such as kindergarten through third grade, because that is when students learn the fundamentals. Studies show that students who had smaller class sizes in their early education achieve at a higher level through out their entire school career.

Reduced class room sizes benefit students across the board, but smaller classes largely increase the achievement of students who are minority and or low-income.  According to the Public School Review, it has been proven that smaller classrooms benefit disadvantage children because of the one to one time with a teacher.  Fewer students in the room also lead to fewer distractions.  There are less discipline problems as well giving teachers more time to teach through out the day.  When it comes to any child who might need a little extra attention, smaller classrooms is the way to go especially at a younger age.

Decreasing classroom sizes should be on the top priority for education reform.  It is a simple way to get students more involved in school and change their school experience.  Schools need to especially decrease classroom sizes in the primary years because that is when it makes the most difference. There are also evolving problems as the classroom sizes get bigger that are affecting all students’ learning.  The bigger the classroom size gets, the more distractions come about and no student is prepared to learn through distractions. This reform is very important to education. We are falling behind, and this is a simple way to get back on track.

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  1. kevin
    December 8, 2010 at 9:19 am

    i personally believe that class room sizes are a problem in america, we get up the crack of dawn every morning, and make our kids wake up file in line for the conveyer belt to the zombie farm. Kids are not machines to run down the line with, they require attention and encouragement if they are to flourish. thirty kids in one classroom, that poor teacher does not know what to do, all she knows is that she has a classroom full of kids who would rather eat there backpacks than be there, if there were more teachers and less students per class it would just be better for everybody, but most especially it would be better for the children of this country. According to the local news in my town, america is falling behind in the education race even contries who were in the dark ages way back in the day are slowly out pacing us in acdemics of various sorts. we who use to lead the race are now far from first place, and for the sake of our children and country someone will figure something out because i realy dont want raise my kids in the school system i grew up in

  2. Miranda
    December 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I agree that class size is a big issue. I remember in high school when I use to have fifty kids in my class period. No one paid attention to the teacher and you could sneak out the back. The teacher taught but really did not care that we comprehend the information. So, most of the time I would have to learn on my own. If we lower class size this would give students a better understanding of the material and you could pay attention to what is being done. When I came to college it was a big difference. I came from a big school ,so when I saw the class at the beginning of the semester I was a little relived. I agree when you say decreasing classroom sizes should be on the top priority for education reform. This would make a good way so that students get involved.

  3. Kayla
    December 10, 2010 at 1:36 am

    I agree one hundred percent. Class size does matter a lot. A teacher feels completely overwhelmed to teacher a larger class, whether they admit it or not they do. Students cannot learn if they can’t get the help they need. In a larger class setting students may feel intimidated and will not ask for the help they need to be successful. In a small class students will pay more attention and get their work done in an easier way. They won’t feel like they can’t do the work because they will be able to ask for help without feeling like they are in the way or scared that they will be laughed at for a “stupid” question. Parents and some teachers think that small classes will affect college readiness and it does not affect it in a negative way at all. It makes them smarter and they are academically ready for college. Its an easier transition for them. Also did you know that the graduation rate is higher? Oh and they are less likely to get in trouble. I love that you mention that they are less likely to miss class because they figure that in a small class setting they will be noticed. I know thats how my mind thought things through in high school.

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