Academic Achievement Of Children From Low Income Families And Those Learning English As A Second Language

1243 Words Nov 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Benjamin Franklin once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” However, students today cannot receive the full interest on the investments they make in education when public school budgets prevent the hiring of new teachers and ultimately crowd excessive numbers of students in a single classroom. According to an article published by Robert J. Rios for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, smaller class sizes can “...have a beneficial effect on the academic achievement of children from low-income families and those learning English as a second language (ESL),” and that “...overcrowded classrooms are associated with lower student achievement as confirmed by reading and mathematics competency tests.” In addition to students, large class sizes are harmful for teachers, as they make the teacher’s role of identifying individual students’ strengths and weaknesses more difficult, as well as implementing new teaching techniques. Despite this, it is difficult and often viewed as impractical for public schools to take steps to reduce their class sizes, as a result of cost. Class size reduction is often associated with the high cost of hiring new teachers or constructing new classrooms -- a national effort to reduce the size of classes in only grades one to three is estimated to cost up to $18 million (Ready). Public school budgets are already tight, and so it is not practical to cut other areas of the budget that also benefit students, such as…

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