Decreasing Class Size Enhances the Performance in Elementary School Students Decreasing class size enhances the performance in elementary school students. In the studies that SAGE has done, their students appeared to have “a significant achievement advantage” in all areas (Study confirms, 2001). By the end of third grade, students in smaller classes seem to read more effectively and independently (Class Size Reduction, 2001). The advantages of smaller classes are also shown between races and social backgrounds. Tennessee’s 1970 test revealed that poor and African-American students had the greatest gains in smaller classes.
With a better learning experience and a will to strive higher, smaller classes in elementary school lead to better decisions in high school. Class size can have many affects on a student.The push for class size reduction in the United States is becoming more and more known as states like California, Florida and Washington do studies on the topic. Overall, there are many positive impacts to society using class size reduction. Class size reduction aids teachers and parents in finding students with learning disabilities and behavioral problems quicker, it leads to better student behavior and more academic improvement, and fewer high school drop outs and more successful high school students. Class size reduction has a positive impact on students, teachers, families and communities and should be done more in the future.
An Early Education Solution: Improving K-12 Education The more unequal the United States’ education system will grow, the more our poverty line will struggle. Most people believe that hiring tutors or staying long hours after school will help, but little do they realize that all of that can be avoided if every child is given the opportunity to an inexpensive early education. An implemented universal early education program would contribute to a rise in grades, keep families connected, and hope for a better future. If all children were to attend early education, than every child would be starting at the same level and it is so crucial to a child to be at the same level as the rest his/her classmates. Having all children be at the level they are required to be at leads less room for a timid child in classroom.
Stephanie Robinson email@example.com 3/31/2014 Big Spending for Small Classes: Is It Worth It? – Literature Review Introduction There is much debate surrounding the topic of class sizes as they relate to student achievement. While advocates posit that smaller class sizes will allow teachers to provide more individualized attention to each student, critics believe that the funding needed to hire more teachers is not worth the meager gains students make in smaller classes Although reducing class size is an expensive measure, Americans overwhelmingly support it. Dee and West (2011) report that, according to a study by Howell, West, and Peterson, “77% of American adults would prefer to see new educational dollars spent on reducing class sizes rather than on increasing teacher salaries” (p. 23). Americans value small class sizes, and , in an economy in which every dollar counts, the debate over class sizes takes greater priority as opposing sides push to spend funds on different policy initiatives.
America's To-Do List: #1- Fix Education Education is a fundamental aspect of any civilized nation. The goal of public education in America is to turn uninformed children into knowledgeable citizens who are fully capable of participating in a society driven by democracy and economics. Students drop out every year by the hundreds of thousands, and those who remain receive a less than satisfactory educational experience due to lack of funding, inadequate teachers, and flawed educational strategies. Americans must improve school funding and increase teacher pay to ensure all students receive quality primary and secondary education as well as reduce remediation and drop out rates through improved learning standards, effective assessment tools, and early-college initiatives that prepare students for college and the workforce. One major affliction of the American public education system is money, or the lack thereof, and the impact funding inequality has on educational quality.
In Pennsylvania, state officials are proposing caps on superintendents’ salaries. “Roughly 70 percent of superintendents statewide earn more than the proposed caps, according to the state. Administration officials estimate the salary limits would save nearly $9.8 million annually” (Giordano). Besides capping salaries some states are looking at consolidating school districts, many rural districts throughout the USA can have fewer than fifty to one hundred students... ... middle of paper ... ...e more productive in their careers, allowing for a more industrious society. Until we change the way we teach our children they will continue to fall behind other developed countries, and we will lose jobs to other countries.
It stated in its report that children who participated in classes with 12-15 kid, did much better in school than kids who participated in classes with 25-30 kids (Small Class Size, 1999). Probably the worst part of the entire class size issue is that students know what they are missing buy being in a larger class. Here they interviewed three 2nd grade students in a class of 23 when asked what might be different if they were in a smaller class of 15 or 16 students and they said that "If I were in a smaller class, we would get to talk more," "I could ask more questions," and “I could make more friends and be Star of the Week longer... ... middle of paper ... ...l Class Size Produce Long-Term Benefits. (September 1999). NEA Today, 18(1), pp.33.
Funding low-income schools with comparable spending would cost as little as 1% of the average district’s spending (7). The extra resources afforded by these funds would make a giant impact by increasing the budgets of schools serving high numbers students who live in poverty by 4-15% (7). The increase in budget will provide quality training and professional development for teachers as well as more books for the classrooms (8). Limitations, Obstacles, and
In smaller class sizes there would be less chance for distractions, more time to review for a big test, there would be more interaction with the teacher.. “In elementary schools, class sizes generally hovered around 20 in 2008, rising to 25 to 30 in many cases this year.” (Giuliani, 1)There would be more time to review for a big test in a smaller class. There would be more interaction with the teacher in a smaller class size. According to Scott Thill “The proposal by billionaire Bill Gates to increase cl... ... middle of paper ... ...IEF: Teachers' lounge renovated." Wilson Daily Times [Wilson, NC] 26 Oct. 2010. Opposing Viewpoints in Context.
Elaine Weiss, the national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Educations says, “the impact of social and economic disadvantage on many schools and students, works to better the conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn. “ Implying that there is a high demand on skills one is to have to succeed and in that case more difficult tests come. Poverty is said to be Americas greatest struggle. Poverty can be the determining factor on whether you will over achieve. If we look past 50 years America mostly educated high to middle class children, the expectations on a lower class kid graduating were not very high.