Class Size Matters

Recently I saw an article about whether class size matters. It got me thinking if it really did. When I compare being in a smaller class, I recall getting more work done compared to one of my larger classes. My bigger classes have always been more rowdy, they go off topic easier, which is predictable. However, it just seems to not be the best learning environment.

Los Angeles for example is having increased average size of high school students, they went from 20 to 34. Ever since the early 1980’s, teachers and many other educators have embraced research finding that smaller classes have more possibility of higher achievement.

Some students like to be in a small class where they feel more comfortable and can interact more personally, on a higher level with their teacher. While other students like and prefer the challenge of a large class because it’s never boring and not as personal.

Individual attention helps to improve overall education. Classes thrive better in an environment where an individual gets more attention. Less students in a class means less questions to answer, less copies to make, and less tests to grade.

Increases towards class size can very well be one of the main reasons of decrease in education, especially for high school, middle school and primary school.

A smaller class with say, 10-20 kids is an easier environment to learn in.  Behavior, also, would probably be better. At the end of the day though, with productive and encouraged students the education should be there main focus, not just how many students are in the class.