Small Class Size Classes

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Smaller Classes Lead to Greater Education The children of today are the future of tomorrow. If the United States is looking for a bright future for the country and the world then significance needs to be placed on the education of children. The best way to do this is to reduce class sizes and allow students to learn in a more individualized environment. Large class sizes in elementary schools have been the easiest solution to budget cuts in education but are doing nothing but hinder a child’s learning potential. Children with disadvantages in their home life suffer greatly in large classes because they will not feel as though the teacher cares about them. Without one on one teaching a child may also be losing out on opportunities to learn …show more content…
Children enjoy being actively involved and feel as if learning is a game, but if there are too many students teachers are restricted on what they are capable of doing. Space in the class becomes an issue when forty children are up and mobile, but with smaller classes this is not a problem. It can be a challenge to maintain focus when teaching small children, but this becomes a much bigger problem when faced with forty or more children rather than twenty. Due to these issues, teachers in larger classrooms typically do not engage in interactive activities. In a recent news report in the United Kingdom, two primary school teachers swapped classes for a day and then discussed how they felt. One teacher taught a class of eighteen while the other had twenty eight. After swapping for the day the teacher in the smaller class remarked that, “it was absolutely brilliant being able to give such quick feedback to children because I was able to get round them quickly because there were ten less of them and I was able to give children that needed the support the support quickly” (Does Class Size Matter). Another problem faced by an elementary school teacher of a large class is that they have a harder time disciplining children consistently and effectively. The teacher simply cannot watch and see everything in a class that is too large. A child’s wrong actions may be accidentally reinforced if there is …show more content…
The benefits have shown to not only aid children, but teachers as well. Material covered is greatly impacted by the size of the class. Children need to be learning as much as they can in the first few years of school, and this is not possible in an overcrowded classroom. The cost may be considerable to reduce class size, but will only positively impact the future of the United States. Ignorance and poor education is not worth saving the money it costs to reduce classroom size. For the wellbeing of the future country, class sizes in elementary schools should be kept to minimal

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